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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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.
Police Chase Video Goes Viral
TOWANDA, PA (WENY)---Dashcam video now on Youtube shows the low-speed police chase of Robert Leone in March 2010 but his parents say their son's actions in the video doesn't justify what he looks like in his mugshot.
"I didn't know for five to seven days if my son was alive or dead," says Joan Leone, the mother of the Vestal native.
Joan Leone is speaking on behalf of her son because he's behind bars. A jury found Leone guilty on four of the 24 charges police filed against him---a hit and run, fleeing and alluding police, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Leone was arrested after a spike strip blew out his tires and state troopers knocked his car off the road.
Leone's mother says her son is bi-polar and that may be the reason why he didn't stop but Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett says Leone was high on drugs. Police found prescription Adderall on Leone and claim dozens of pills were missing."Drug abuse got Leone to where he is. To the situation with a black eye but I've certainly seen a lot worse consequences," says Barrett.
Leone's parents say police used excessive force.
District Attorney Barrett says the video showing Leone's violent arrest and police using expletives is not police brutality.
"The troopers were trying everything to get Leone to get himself under control," says Barrett.
Leone's parents disagree and say they just want justice for their son.
"That is a disgrace for any police officer or any member of the court to look and hear my son screaming for his life and to say they were justified," says Joan Leone.
A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania State Police says she cannot comment on pending litagation. A Facebook group called "Freedom and Justice for Robert Leone" has amassed more than 7,000 members and rally is planned for Friday.