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.
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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.
Free Leone Protest in Bradford County
Nearly 70 people came out to show support for Robert Leone, the man whose 2010 arrest is drawing a lot of attention after video of his alleged beating surfaced online.
June 29, 2012
Towanda (WENY) - Nearly 70 people came out to show support for Robert Leone, the man whose 2010 arrest is drawing a lot of attention after video of his alleged beating surfaced online. Protesters are looking for retrial and ultimately want to see Leone walk free. People came from far way to help protest for Robert Leone at the Bradford County courthouse in Towanda this afternoon and it all started with a facebook group. Leone is currently in jail, serving his sentence on a number of charges after a low speed car chase in 2010, But dash cam video showing state troopers allegedly beating Leone after the chase has sparked outrage and the people today say they will fight until he is freed.
Michael Kitner watched the video Sunday, showing Robert Leone being arrested by police in March 2010. He was so angry about what he saw, he started a facebook group, called "Freedom and Justice for Robert Charles Leone." The facebook group is growing every day and so are the views for the video, which is going viral. Since Sunday, the video went from 2-thousand to 65 thousand views, and has many calling for justice in what they're labeling as police brutality.
“A guy just ordered pizza from poppa V's down here, he's from Indiana it'll be here anytime. Just a lot of support from all over the country,” says Kitner.
Both Leone's parents Joan and Frank attended the rally. His mother spoke about what Robert told her last night on the phone.
“Last night he was telling me this is the first time, you know what mom I feel my soul healing because of what's happening.”
His father Frank just wants to see his son again.
“My first concern is to free my son. I want to wrap my arms around my son and shout out "La familia" you're family and we will never desert you.”
Leone's parents are still fighting, they're filed a lawsuit against Towanda Borough, Pennsylvania State Police and the officers allegedly involved in the incident, claiming Robert's constitutional rights were violated. They're seeking $75,000, plus damages.