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.
73RD PA State Laurel Festival
WELLSBORO (WENY) -- The 73rd Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival is well underway this weekend in Wellsboro.
This week long celebration is a staple for the small Northern Tier Community as well as the state.
The wide variety of events brings thousands of people into the area and it's all to celebrate the Pennsylvania State flower.
"This is such a community event. we get tons of people from out of town but the community supports this event fully," said Lauren Morral, Event Coordinator at the Wellsboro.
People from around the Twin Tiers came out in numbers for today's Arts and Craft Fair, featuring just about eveything you could imagine, from clothing and jewelry, to handcrafted cheeses.
"I just love these crafts," said Trisha Myers from Troupsburg, NY. "The talents here and just being in a beautiful city like Wellsboro. It's gorgeous."
Over 100 hundred vendors were out on the Green Today.
Some of them participating in the event for the very first time and others who have been apart of it for decades.
"I'm an artist in the area, and I have been doing this show for over 25 years and I enjoy it, it's beautiful weather today," said Bonnie Hilfiger, local artist from Troy.
Hilfiger says the Laurel Festival is one of her biggest shows.
She does everything from decorative face painting to hand painted portraits.
"Very busy, especially tomorrow right at parade time, said Hilfiger. "I got to get all those kids done..."
The Parade will begin at 2 PM and our very own Kellie Meyer is a judge at the Laurel Festival Queen Pageant.