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.
How to Apply for Obamacare in PA
WELLSBORO (WENY) -- Heath Care Exchanges open up Tuesday, as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In Pennsylvania, people need to use the Federal Exchange. Governor Tom Corbett has been very clear that he does not support the plan and Tioga County Commissioner, Erick Coolidge agrees.
According to the Department of Health, there are people called navigators to help you figure out what plan works best for you. But Commissioner Coolidge hasn't heard a thing about their availability. He says people need to know more about the plans being offered.
"It's so involved and intricate, that we're missing some of it," says Commissioner Coolidge. "Someone's going to get hurt and we don't need that to happen, not in today's economy, not in today's healthcare issues. There needs to be the ability and confidence that there'll be coverage."
All the information is available online at http://www.healthcare.gov/ The website also includes tips like four steps to making sure you can get coverage in the market place.
Here's what you need to do:
- Create an account with some basic information
- Apply for coverage with details on income and household size
- You'll be able to see all the health insurance plans and programs you're eligible for
- Pick a plan and enroll
The Commissioner thinks there may be some issues with online registration.
"It's more about understanding once you get to the site," says Commissioner Coolidge "What is it actually saying? And furthermore, what did I get when I made a choice? What my do family and I truly need in the area of coverage?"
Prices won't be available until October 1st, but there is a calculator you can use to estimate costs. It's available at this link: https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/calculating-your-costs-and-savings-in-the-health-insurance-marketplace/
If you'd rather use the phone than the internet, You can call 1-800-318-2596. Representatives are available 24/7.