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.
President Awards Medals of Freedom
Bob Dylan, John Glenn, and Pat Summitt among the recipients receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor.
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- They’re some of the most respected people in the world. On Tuesday, President Obama handed out 13 coveted awards in the East Room of the White House.
The president presented the Medal of Freedom to men and women he calls his “personal heroes” -- basketball coach Pat Summitt, astronaut John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and rock star Bob Dylan.
“Everybody on this stage has marked my life in profound ways,” said President Obama.
The president told a packed room at the White House that one of the things that makes the medal of freedom so special is the fact that nobody actually sets out to win it.
“Nobody ever picks up a guitar or fights a disease or starts a movement thinking, ‘You know what, if I keep this up in 2012, I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama,’” joked the president.
The president said the impact these honorees have had on American culture will continue for years to come.
“Together, the honorees on this stage and the ones who couldn’t be here have moved us with their words, they have inspired us with their actions, and enriched our lives, and changed our lives for the better,” he said.
The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Other recipients include former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, civil rights leader John Doar, and writer Toni Morrison.