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: Landing on Mars
August 10, 2012
TECH CONNECTION (WENY) – A 352 million mile journey, lasting a grueling eight months, costing 2.5 billion dollars, came down to just a couple of words.
The Mars Rover, Curiosity, landed on the red planet, sending confirmation photos back minutes after touching down.
It was a triumphant moment for NASA, as scientists and engineers spent years planning the landing down to every miniscule detail. The multi-stage landing itself was risky. It was described by NASA as the “seven minutes of terror.”
It started with the atmospheric entry. The spacecraft reached speeds of more than 13,000 miles per hour. Then, parachute deployment and heat shield separation slowed the descent down to 280 miles per hour.
Next, in what looks like a scene out of a science fiction movie, back shell deployment and powered decent, which used rockets to decrease speed. Finally, the sky crane lowers down Curiosity.
Because of a lengthy communication delay, NASA's celebration began 13.8 minutes after the rover actually touched down.
Now on Mars, Curiosity -- a mobile laboratory -- will use highly advanced technology to help NASA determine if the red planet can sustain life.
Unlike earlier rovers, Curiosity carries equipment to gather samples of rocks and soil and analyze them in on-board testing chambers. This is all made possible by the robotic arm, which carries a lot of the mobile instruments, including high-resolution cameras to document the journey.
The craft uses a nuclear power source -- a radioisotope power generator -- which will power Curiosity for its journey around the Gale Crater.
Over the next 22 months, equivalent to a year on Mars, Curiosity will send NASA breakthrough data that could help determine if one of the next visits should be from mankind.