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.
Schumer: Gun Control Background Checks
(WENY)--- Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on Congress to pass a gun control bill that includes universal background checks.
The Senator was in New York city with NYPD Commisioner, Ray Kelly and people who have lost their family members to gun violence. Schumer says the Brady Law has helped keep guns out of the hands of many dangerous people...but more needs to be done.
"Very simply, the idea that while law abiding citizens, under the second amendment, have a right to a gun, there are reasonable limits on that second amendment," said Shumer. "And one of the most reasonable says a felon, someone adjudicated mentally ill, a spousal abuser, should not have a gun because of the danger they wreack when guns get in their hands."
Commisioner Ray Kelly said, "The leading cause of death of New Yorkers age 15-24 is gun violence. 65% of murders in New York City are the result of illegal guns. 90% of the guns that we confiscate here come from out of state. So universal background checks at least can help stem the tide of this gun problem. The fact that we in this city still have way too many guns."
The Senate could debate the issue as early as this week. Some Republican members of Congress say they intend to filibuster the gun control bill in the Senate.
Other Members of the GOP, including Arizona Senator, John McCain, say filibustering would not make any sense.