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.
Bradford County’s Plan For Impact Fee Money
Bradford County (WENY) -- Bradford County officials are eager to start spending millions of dollars coming from the gas drilling impact fee in Pennsylvania.
Commissioner Doug McLinko says Bradford County is already one of the most fiscally sound counties in the state, but there's always room for improvement.
"We're going to make it better," McLinko said. "We're going to have no debt. We're going to have tax decreases, and everything we do is going to have the tax payer in mind."
Governor Corbett signed a new law in February requiring energy companies to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 for each gas well -- and there's 4,500 of them. Sixty percent of the fee will go to 37 counties and hundreds of municipalities where there are wells.
"The money is not going to be spent for anything but job creation," said McLinko. "It could be some seed money to bring in a plant. It could be some seed money to help with an industrial park. It could be whatever will build tax base in our county."
Bradford County is working with the area's Progress Authority on a strategy to get the most uses -- and money -- out of the gas.
"That comes in the form of energy generation, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas," said Anthony Ventello, Progress Authority's executive director. "Also distribution, improved distribution so that businesses and homeowners can get access to this."
The money could also be used to fix sewer systems and roads, buy equipment for first responders and to protect the water supply.
"Whether it's a small municipality, county, state or a country, and then cut taxes, real job growth and economic development -- it's just an exciting thing to do," added McLinko.