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.
PA bridges most deficient in the country
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pennsylvania has the most structurally deficient bridges in the country, yet only receives ten-percent of federal funding to fix them.
That’s according to Senator Bob Casey, who’s working on a new bill that would increase funding for the Keystone State’s bridges. This is in light of a Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007 – when 13 people were killed, and 145 people were injured.
The incident cast a spotlight on the country’s aging infrastructure, which continues today.
Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of having the most structurally deficient bridges in the country.
“I think anyone would be surprised and very concerned they’re so high,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
Casey says a quarter of Pennsylvania’s bridges are structurally deficient, but right now, the state only receives ten-percent of federal funds to fix “off system” bridges. Off-system means they’re not on the federal-aid highway system. They’re owned and operated by local governments.
The worst county in the state? McKean County, where more than 43% of their off-system bridges are structurally unsound.
“Ultimately, it creates major problems for business…It leads to an anxiety and a worry about how we move commerce and people not wanting to take a particular route because they’re worried about the bridges,” Casey said.
Casey is introducing a bill alongside Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would increase funding for off-system bridges. If it passes, he says the Keystone State would receive an additional 30-million dollars.
“It’s in no way a complete resolution of the larger infrastructure challenges or even the bridge problems we have, but this would help enormously,” Casey said.
Last year, Casey worked bipartisanly on an amendment that ultimately brought in 74-million dollars for Pennsylvania’s bridges. He’s hopeful the same approach will work again this year.