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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.
Wellsburg Fire Station Almost Done
Wellsburg, NY (WENY) -- Within the coming weeks, the Wellsburg Fire Department will move from their current location on Front Street to their new home on Main Street.
As we've reported over the last few years, flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 damaged the existing fire station on Front Street.
In order to make sure emergency services are available during another major weather event, construction of a new fire station has been on going over the last few months.
And over five years later, the new fire station is nearly complete, but that wasn't without some battles along the way.
"It's been a long drawn out affair, but the big thing now is we can see we're almost there. The big thing now is yeah there's things we weren't able to do because of the issue with the money. The bottom line though is we're finally going to be out of harm's way. We won't ever have to worry about getting flooded and we won't have to worry about having a rail car coming though the back of the fire station and we get a brand new building," said Mayor of the Village of Wellsburg Malcolm Coles.
And they are hoping by the middle of February to start moving everything up to the new building.
Mayor Coles hopes down the road they will be able to have the funding necessary to construct the amenities left out from the original plan.
And this coming Tuesday, the Village will find out whether or not FEMA will fund the remaining amount they promised.
"We were promised a building pre-flood. Meaning the old building a kitchen, fully functioning, a community hall/banquet hall, member's meeting room, and tile floor. We're not getting all that up here," said Mayor Coles.
With all those amenities left on the drawing board, Mayor Coles wants the community to remember they have the necessary part - a fully functioning fire station that is out of harm's way.
They hope to hold a grand opening in the spring for the community and county to come see the completed building.