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.
Local Educators Hear VP Speak in Washington
WASHINGTON (WENY) --
WASHINGTON (WENY) --They set the policies and direction for public school education across the country. And on Tuesday, members of the National Education Association got a visit from Vice-President Joe Biden at their annual convention, held in our nation’s capital this year.
Inside the Washington Convention Center, the NEA Convention looked more like a political convention, and it felt like one too, as the vice-president addressed 9,000 educators from across the country and the Southern Tier.
Members of the NEA went wild as the vice-president took to the podium, and he responded with his own praise of them.
“You chose to be teachers because you care! You chose to become teachers because you want to make this country better!” shouted the vice-president.
Biden spent most of the rest of his speech slamming Republicans, specifically presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney – saying Romney would not make the country better.
“They criticize you, and they blame you. They make you the fall-guy. They should be thinking of ways to help you make your job easier, not make your job harder,” said Biden of Republicans.
“It really reaffirmed my belief that we need to reelect President Obama. He’s going to stand up for our children, our future, American workers,” said Sue Brazen-King, who’s worked as a secretary in the Johnson City School District for the past quarter century.
Brazen-King been to the NEA Convention six times, but only during election years do the big guns show up. She says the vice-president’s speech energized the crowd.
“It was incredible. He’s a great man, and it was incredible to be close and be able to see him,” she said.
Safe to say the Obama-Biden ticket has the vote and most, if not all, of the educators in the convention hall.
After the NEA Convention, Vice-President Biden headed to Pennsylvania where for a campaign event in his hometown of Scranton. Meanwhile, the NEA Convention continues through Thursday.