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.
PA Lawmaker Works to Prevent Future Shootings
WASHINGTON DC (WENY)- As the victims from the most recent shooting in Fort Hood are laid to rest, the conversation continues on Capitol Hill about how to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.
"We do a great physical evaluation, medical evaluation when you join the service, but we don't do a mental health screening or evaluation," says Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania.
The lawmaker introduced the MEPS, or Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act.
"What the MEPS Act is designed to do is to keep people safe, and keep people well. It provides a requirement for a mental health evaluation at the time of enlistment into the service."
The bill was introduced six days before the most recent Ft. Hood shooting. Thompson says it needs to be discussed and passed. Even though it couldn't prevent the most recent tragedy - it could prevent similar shootings in the future.
"As a country we really have failed when it comes to doing the right things for folks who are suffering from these chronic conditions." Thompson says the mental health screenings will allow the government to catch and treat any problems someone is having before they serve. Something, Thompson says, we owe to our military members.
"We have an obligation to take care of the men and women who protect and take care of us in the service of this country."
Congressman Thompson's bill is getting a lot of support in the House - But it doesn't stop there. The MEPS Act was recently introduced in the Senate as has seen bi-partisan support in that chamber, too.