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.
New Push for American Jobs
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) --- There are more than three million job openings across the United States and more than twelve million people looking for work. The problem, according to Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn Thompson, is the lack of training available for people who are looking to fill open positions. So he helped create a caucus in the House of Representatives to address the issue.
"A qualified and trained worker is the number one asset of any business," says Thompson.
He co-chairs the bi-partisan Career and Technical Education Caucus in the House. The caucus was created to discuss and fight for pieces of legislation that would help fill open jobs by funding training and certification programs. It's a fight, that Thompson says, is critical.
"The best way to address unemployment, and there are lots of folks who are unemployed, underemployed, is to make sure they have a pathway to access the training and education, in order to get the skills and certification to fill existing jobs."
Until recently, only the House had a Career and Technical Education Caucus. Now, the Senate has created one, too. Thompson says that's a huge step in lowering the unemployment rate.
"It's not so important where you start, it's where you end up. And the key to that journey and that success is education."
The House has passed more than 50 bills dealing with unemployment in the United States. Thompson hopes, now that the Senate has created its own caucus, that the chambers can work together to pass pieces of legislation and get people back to work.