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: Back to School Tech
Tech Connection: Back to School Shopping
Computer's are essential for students these days and laptop prices have dropped substantially. You can get a good one for as little as $300 to $400.
Just make sure you're educated! There's ultrabooks (which are thin and light), netbooks (which are tiny), and then chromebooks (which are attractively cheap, but limited without wifi access).
If you have to have a Macbook, remember you can save money by buying a refurbished model, or from a reseller.
Here's a link to the Refurbished Model section of the Apple Store:
Printers have also dropped in price, but before you add a new one to your cart, know this.
A lot of electronics retailers will offer you a free or discounted printer with the purchase of a new computer. So take advantage of a great deal if you're in the market for both!
PROTECTION FOR YOUR DEVICES
Whether it's iPods, smartphones, laptops or tablets, get a case.
There's nothing worse than dropping a beloved piece of tech and putting a nasty dent in it.
If you have a laptop, buy a cable lock.
This will keep your computer on your desk, and out of the hands of others who might want it for themselves.
Here's one laptop cable lock on Amazon:
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are used in the classroom more than any other programs.
You can get the whole Microsoft Office suite in the “Home and Student Edition” for $120 bucks.
But if you're on a budget, Apache OpenOffice offers almost all the same capabilities as Microsoft's version, and it's free!
Here's a link to the OpenOffice download page:
The handy flash drive -- and its big brother, the external hard drive – are cheaper then ever, giving you an easy solution to carry files on your keychain or in your backpack.
Transferring files to share notes, print that last-minute paper or bring that Powerpoint presentation to class happens frequently. So this one is a must-have!