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.
Push for Bradford County CodeRED System
TOWANDA (WENY) -- When in an emergency situation, sheer minutes can make all the difference. That's where a new system called Code RED being used in Bradford County comes in.
They launched the program around this time last year. People with land lines were automatically enrolled to get notices for things like severe storms, tornado warnings, or hazardous material spills.
Jo Ann Daly, Bradford County Emergency Management Coordinator explained warnings for a storm for instance, would go out to people in the path.
"So there would be no question of what this is doing or where this is going," said Daly.
But, in today's day and age, not many people have a land line any more. That's why the county's encouraging people to register their cell phones with the system.
" Well I think it's great because so may people are on the road a lot," said Evelyn Sherburne. "I mean I don't even know why I have a house phone because it never rings anymore; everyone just calls my cell phone."
"There's a lot of times where I've had to call my kids and say , 'Do you know this is going on? Be careful, there's a tornado warning or whatever' and they're like 'Oh, we didn't hear about that,'" said Susanne Definis.
A year after its launch, only about 2000 people in the county have registered their cell phones.
"There's a lot more utilization that can be done through the cell phones, text messages, emails, things of that nature that haven't been used to it's full potential yet," said Daryl Miller, Bradford County Commissioner.
The new system has already been helpful this Winter getting the word out about polar temperatures. Just over the past few weeks, we've had a slew of advisories.
"Busted water mains in communities where there were water issues where there were boil water advisories, it was used for those types of things," said Commissioner Miller.
The service is free for landlines and cell phones, but the mobile app costs $4.99. The benefit is that wherever you go, you'll be able to get important alerts.
Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the PDF below.