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 Inauguration Preps Underway
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Congress isn't in session this week, but a lot of people are working non-stop on Capitol Hill, preparing for President Obama's second inauguration ceremony.
"It's a big day, a big production, and everything has to go off exactly right," said Matt House, with the Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
For nearly a year, the committee, chaired by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, has been planning everything from the president's arrival at the Capitol to the swearing-in to lunch.
"It's a lot of working together. It's a big ceremony for the president. It's his day. But it takes place on Capitol Hill, so the House and Senate like to have its say in these things," House said.
Senator Schumer made sure his state was well-represented too, with wine from the Finger Lakes and Long Island, and cheese from Cooperstown.
Since September, workers have been constructing a stage on the West Front of the Capitol Building where the president will take the oath of office and deliver his speech. It will hold 1,600 people - including lawmakers and dignitaries.
And before the president departs the Capitol for the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House, he'll review the troops.
"It's going to look similar to ceremonies you've seen in the past, but each one is unique in terms of who speaks and who performs. So we think it's going to be a smooth day and great day to celebrate American democracy," House said.
Organizers aren't sure just how many people will come out to watch the Inauguration here on the National Mall. Four years ago, a record 1.8 million showed up. Visitors can get a glimpse of the ceremonies with a lot fewer people around during a dress rehearsal this Sunday.