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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.
Bostonians: We Woke Up to Gunshots
(WENY)--- One of the biggest city's in the country is on lock-down and millions of Bostonians were told to, 'shelter in place.'
One of those people is, Pina Chiaravalloti.
"I was in bed around 12/12:30 and I heard bombs and gun shots and I jumped from my bed," said Chiaravalloti.
She lives right in the heart of Watertown and says she was shaking and crying like crazy.
The city of Bostons been shaking all week. Boston resident, Mason White, lives less than a mile away from Watertown.
White says, "We already checked out our basement and he's not in our basement, but we don't know where he is...he could be anywhere."
Today, the entire city of Boston and neighboring suburbs are on complete lock-down. All mass transit shut down, and businesses and schools closed.
"Nobody in Belmont, Allston, Brighton, Watertown, Brookline, Waltham or Boston is allowed to leave their house," said White.
People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home. All modes of transportation are shut down.
"This week has just been unbelievable for the people of Boston," said Boston Resident, Brooke Warner. "The news is showing what they are showing, but unless you are here, it's a completely different experience to see it first hand. It's unreal."
Thursday, the FBI poured through video and photos from the day of the attack. A detailed analysis of all the evidence, led them to Watertown and through it all, the President vowed, there would be justice. For the people living through this, the road to normalcy is a lot longer than any marathon.
"Everytime I step foot outside of my door, I have a pain in my stomach,
said Warner. "And, I think it's a stress that's not going to go away for a lot of people."
"It hasn't sunk in yet...it's kind of surreal at this point," said White. "The last thing I thought I would wake up to this morning, is the radio telling me that there was an all-night chase, police officers are dead and there is manhunt going on."