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.
Fighting Sexual Assault on Campuses
(WENY) -- College campuses reported nearly 5,000 sex offenses in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
In a letter, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 9 other senators are calling for federal funding to investigate sexual assault laws on University grounds.
In a statement, Senator Gillibrand says, "The price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted...simply unacceptable that they have become havens for rape and sexual assault."
Mike Rogers of Elmira College is hoping this extra funding will make college campuses even safer.
Under the Clery Act and Title IX, All Colleges and Universities must report all sexual violence.
"Policies that relate to these offensive make sure that students know they are in a safe, healthy enviorment that does not condone sexual violence," says Rogers.
Workers at the Sexual Assault Research Center also want to see funding approved to better protect students.
"I think that if colleges made more of an effort to advertise how you can get help, if you experience something on a college campus, I think that will make a huge difference," says Sarah Blagg, Community Affair Coordinator at the Sexaul Assault Resource Center.
Each year 10,000 complaints are reported against universities that violate the code but there is no staff dedicated to exclusively handle Title IX offenses.
Lauren West, Director at the Sexual Assault center feels that something needs to be done about the assault statistics on college grounds.
"I think that it is really really important for these colleges to understand that this isn't something you can handle in house," says West.
From 2000 to 2013, Clery Act enforcement employees were only able to investigate and fine 21 colleges and universities.