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.
Special Report: WENY-TV Visits NYC
MANHATTAN, NY (WENY)-- The city that never sleeps is struggling to get back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy brought it to its knees.
Hundreds of thousands are still without power but subways, buses and airports are opening back up.
On 23rd Street in Lower Manhattan it is complete darkness, Thursday morning. That is because these people down here are without power. They've been like this since Hurricane Sandy hit.
However, Uptown, above 40th street is a completely different story. They have power and it's like business as usual. It's like two different cities.
However, back on 23rd Street, thousands are without power and just to give you some perspective, when we turn off the camera light on top of the camera, it is completely black. The only lights are those from police cars and taxi cabs that are traveling across town.
There is some normalcy in the city though, the subway system is slowly getting back on its feet. The libraries and buses are back open. Some of the tunnels under the East River have been pumped out. There's some limited bus service.
The Red Cross Volunteers from the Southern Tier are also in the city, where they arrived last night. Hurricane Sandy has changed the landscape of NYC forever, but we are hopeful that the city will soon get back on it's feet.