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.
Robert Leone Update
A recent video showing Pennsylvania State Police allegedly beating a Vestal man after he led them on a low-speed chase in 2010 has not persuaded the Bradford County District Attorney to investigate further.
July 20, 2012
Bradford Co. (WENY) - A recent video showing Pennsylvania State Police allegedly beating a Vestal man after he led them on a low-speed chase in 2010 has not persuaded the Bradford County District Attorney to investigate further. Bradford county district attorney Dan Barrett said the reason he isn't doing an investigation is because there's nothing to investigate. The Youtube video, with more than 300,000 hits, showing Robert Leone allegedly being beaten by police sparked weekly protests on the steps of the Bradford County Courthouse. Again today, people gathered outside with signs, calling for Leone to be freed from jail. District Attorney Barrett says the video was part of Leone's initial trial. He says there's no new evidence or eyewitnesses to bring forward information that would lead him to investigate the trooper's actions.
“In the court room witnesses cant guess they have to be people who were at the scene or people who know what they're saying,” says Barrett. “In a courtroom each side can present what it can and the jury or the court gets to hear the whole case not just what one side wants to present.”
Robert Leone's parents are suing multiple agencies involved in the arrest, including State Police, Towanda Borough, and the officers involved. Leone is currently 2.5 years into a 16 to 48 month jail sentence.