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.
Lookback of Romney’s Road to the White House
BOSTON (WENY) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t taking off this Election Day.
After voting in Boston this morning, Romney headed to last-minute rallies in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. He’ll be back in Boston Tuesday night for what he hopes is a victory party, but that’s not the place where Romney kicked off his election bid.
Romney officially made the announcement he was running for president in New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. In the country’s first primary – the New Hampshire primary -- Romney won handedly. In early February, Rick Santorum started gaining momentum – threatening Romney’s lead in his home state of Michigan.
“We’re going to keep fighting like an underdog,” Romney told WENY-TV News Washington correspondent in February.
It worked. Romney came out ahead of Santorum by just two percentage points in Michigan. In the following months, Romney’s chief primary opponents – Santorum and Newt Gingrich – bowed out -- paving the way for Romney to earn the party’s nod at the Republican National Convention.
Just two weeks before the convention, Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate in another battleground state – Virginia. The charismatic congressman helped energize the conservative base.
In September, Romney’s campaign hit a bump, when a secretly taped video of Romney at a private fundraiser was release. In the video, Romney said, “There are 47-percent who are with [President Obama], who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims…”
That comment is arguably one of the biggest blunders of his campaign. But in the first presidential debate, President Obama never mentioned it. Romney’s strong performance in that debate gave him a boost in the polls, making a tight race even tighter.
Besides a couple of schedule changes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Romney and Ryan have continued to get out the vote – focusing on the swing states that will decide this race.
Romney held his last rally before Election Day in New Hampshire last night, where it all got started 17 months ago. The Granite State is considered a swing state this year. Although it only has four electoral votes, experts say those votes could put either candidate over the top.