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.
Presidential Debate Preview
DENVER, COLORADO (WENY) -- The University of Denver is ready for the first presidential debate tonight. Millions of people across the country and the world are expected to tune in. Some analysts say the debate needs to be a game-changer for Mitt Romney, who trails President Obama by slim margins in most polls - including Colorado.
It's a holiday at the University of Denver - but not one usually on the calendar. Classes are cancelled because of the presidential debate. The hockey arena transformed. Security is tight.
"It's pretty exciting just looking around and seeing how pumped people are getting," said DU Sophomore, Samantha Crane.
Media from around the world have taken over are this college of 5,000 undergrads. But Students don't seem to mind.
"Especially with Colorado being a swing state, it's pretty cool to know that two political parties that are so well represented can be present on our campus and they can see just how beautiful this state is," said DU Sophomore, Li Mattson.
Tonight's debate will be divided into six-15 minute segments. Moderator Jim Lehrer will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney questions about the economy, health care, the role of government, and governing.
"President Obama will be defending his economic record. I think making the case that he has presided over a turnaround in the economy. Whereas mitt Romney is going to be talking about his business experience, his past of creating jobs, and how he can bring that experience to the white house," explained Political Science Professor, Peter Hanson.
DU junior Halter Cunningham is one of the few lucky ones to get a seat inside the debate hall.
"It's the first time in this race that they've really been together. So it'll be interesting to see how they go back and forth," said Halter Cunningham, a DU Junior.
For all the students without a ticket, the university is hosting "Debate Fest" on the quad…with local bands and political talks…and it all leads up to - a debate watch-party.
"It's an incredibly unifying event. So regardless of partisan politics, we can all come together and experience this that's happening on our campus all together," said Project Coordinator, Winter Wall Walker.
This afternoon, both President Obama and Mitt Romney got about an hour each inside the debate hall to take a look around and get mentally prepared for tonight's big debate.