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.
Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Heats Up
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- It's been a controversial idea since it was introduced five years ago. But now the debate is heating up over the possible Keystone XL Pipeline project. Opponents say building the Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute to global warming, and create the potential for a spill on American land. But supporters say the project will create jobs and improve the United States relationship with Canada.
"This is real American jobs, on American soil, coming from North American energy," says Congressman Tom Reed. He supports the project. He says it will help the United States with an important goal.
"Based on the new technology and the resources that are here right on American soil. To have the ability to really confidently say that we can be energy security, in our lifetime, by 2020."
The 1,179 mile, $7 billion proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Reed says, the project will benefit the country long-term.
"We're talking about the ability to have the manufacturing rebirth in America that I see. The opportunity to make it here, sell it there," Rep. Reed comments.
The congressman says enough research has been done - and it's time for the idea of the pipeline to become a reality.
"It's been studied. Everyone wants this to be done safely, responsibly. Let's let the facts dictate. Right now, after years of study, and the conclusions being what they are, it's time to move forward."
Recently, members of Congress, and other groups, have voiced their opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline project, but one person who hasn't is President Obama. His administration says with so many factors to consider, the president is in no rush to make a final decision.