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.
ALBANY --[WENY] If you have a heart condition and go to the gym a lot, you might want to listen up.
New York State ruled health clubs aren't aren't required to actually use the defibrilators the state requires them to have.
It's a ruling in response to the 2007 death of Gregory Miglino Sr., who collapsed at a Long Island health club owned by Bally Total Fitness.
The staff at the gym staff called 911, made an announcement for anyone with medical training and even brought the club's defibrillator over.
But noone actually used the defibrillator while waiting for first responders.
The judge in the case says that health clubs only have a duty to try and save people under the good samaritan law.
I talked to the owner, John Maio, of New York Sport and Fitness and he says he's trained all his employees to use the life saving machine.
He also says that when people sign up for gym memberships they have to fill out medical history and the staff then codes all of the members so they know what to look out for when a patrons are there.
"It's a small enough place where we know people that have maybe some issues that we need to be on the look out for, but it's not always really a tell tale sign either," said Maio. "You just hope for the best and hope it doesn't happen and the times when it does you hope you're prepared."