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.
Supreme Court Decision Reaction
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Everyone in Washington is talking about the political ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
“It sets up a clear debate and a distinction between the two sides as we go into November,” said Southern Tier Republican Rep. Tom Reed.
Reed says he respects the Court’s ruling, but he’s not happy the individual mandate was upheld in the form of a tax.
“It’s not good policy in my opinion. There are some health insurance reform measures in there that we believe in and need to be continued forward like pre-existing conditions and allowing kids up to the age of 26 to be carried on their parents’ insurance, but we need to get to the root cause of the problem, and those are health care cost increases that are going across the nation in a way that’s ever escalating,” said Reed.
With more than 30 years of experience in the health care field, Northern Tier Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson says he’s also committed to reforming the system, but says the Affordable Care Act is flawed.
“The one message from the Supreme Court I got is Congress has to fix its own mistakes, and so we’ll do that,” said Thompson.
Meanwhile, Democrats are praising the decision, saying it’s a major victory for the Obama Administration.
Southern Tier Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey released a statement today saying, "Finally, our country can move forward. With this decision, we can now enjoy the greatest victory for improving the health and well-being of all Americans since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. I applaud the Court for not allowing politics to interfere with its job of upholding the Constitution.”
Less than an hour after the Court announced its decision, House leaders said they’re scheduling a vote to repeal the entire health care law soon.