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.
FEMA Remaps Flood Zone in Towanda
TOWANDA (WENY) -- A new proposed flood zone map has some homeowners in Bradford County up in arms.
FEMA has issued a new flood map that will include properties that weren't previously in a flood area.
Residents in Bradford County could soon pay thousands of dollars in flood insurance.
Even though they've never experienced a flood.
"They talk about 100 year floods and 500 year floods and all that," said Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller. "And they're just including more flood prone areas that had marginal flooding or minimal flooding before, they're just including those in the flood map."
And that means homeowners with mortgages could be forced to buy flood insurance.
County officials are working with Towanda neighbors to be aware of the coming changes.
"Just to continue to spotlight the issue," says Miller. "The importance of the issue, to point out that it is a very...It can have wide reaching consequences, once all this stuff starts kicking in."
Residents on North Main Street in Towanda are confused as to why they are included in FEMA's new flood zone map.
They say they weren't affected by the flood in 1972 nor were they affected by the recent flood in 2011.
"Why would we have to remap now and get our insurance raised for no reason," said Hans David Heyer, a Towanda resident.
Residents say if this new plan goes into affect, it would be a great financial burden.
"I wouldn't be able to afford it," said Heyer. "Insurance is so high with everything else, cars, house. How to you make ends meet with another insurance hike?"