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.
Tech Connection: A Bill to Stop Cyberbullying
In this week’s Tech Connection, J.B. Biunno takes a closer look at New York State Senator Tom O’Mara’s legislation to prevent cyberbullying with a change to anonymous posting on the web.
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- Last year, a Buffalo teen took his own life.
14 year-old Jamey Rodemeyer -- harrassed for his sexuality -- was the victim of cyberbullying. The story grabbed national headlines, bringing attention to a new age problem that needs to be addressed.
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara is introducing a bill in Albany to help, and like Rodemeyer's untimely death, it too is making headlines.
"Why should we allow people in our society to make false accusations against individuals or harass individuals just because it's through the internet? That's the part that doesn't make sense to me," says O'Mara.
The proposed law would allow any cyberbullying victims to have the anonymous comment removed by a request to the website administrator. Then the anonymous poster will have a choice -- have the comment removed or provide their full name and home address."I don't think anything will stop (cyberbullying) completely, but it'll bring attention to the issue," says O'Mara.
O'Mara's idea is being called a double-edged sword.
If passed, the law could limit dangerous anonymous posts. But at the same time, if someone makes a highly offensive post, the poster -- as laid out in O'Mara's bill -- could choose to give up their identity. That opens the door for the victim to retaliate in real life."In recent days, there's been a lot of criticism about the message in this legislation, but really the intention was to get this discourse going, so that we can focus on the overall issue in cyberbullying," says O'Mara.
The bill isn't perfect, but it's attracting attention. An article about O'Mara's legislation was featured on the frontpage of Yahoo! -- one of the world's most visited websites.
O'Mara says the bottomline is to bring more attention to cyberbullying -- a problem that has proven to be shockingly dangerous.