WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Rep. Reed & Robertson Respond to Ethics Investigation
Reed insists he has not been practicing law, and is fully cooperating with the ethics committee.
"We never practiced law, I let my law license go into retirement mode," Reed said during his weekly media call on Monday. "We've been transparent, we've been fully cooperating with the powers that be. We've brought in outside council to makes sure
On Tuesday, Democrat Martha Robertson who is running for the 23 district congressional seat organized her own press conference to talk about the investigation. She is says there are missing answers related to the case, and wants to see all correspondence between Reed's lawyers and the taxpayer-funded Ethics Committee.
"The Department of State says today, that's an active law firm. So we have questions the voters of the Southern Tier and Westrern New York have a right to know what's going on and why his public statements apparently contradict the public documents," Robertson says.
Congressman Reed released this statment about the isse on Tuesday:
"Today, my attorneys contacted the Office of Congressional Ethics to discuss this matter in an effort to resolve any questions. As stated before, we contacted the Committee on Ethics when I was first elected to Congress in an effort to ensure that we are in compliance with the Ethics Rules and to make every effort to preserve the jobs of the twenty-four employees whose jobs were at stake. Now that we are in discussions with the OCE, we need to respect this process by not making any additional public statements at this time so that the OCE can review this matter in an orderly and efficient manner."