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.
Re-Entry House to Help Parolees
Everybody deserves a second chance, a new start, an opportunity to begin a new life, right? Well leaders down in Bradford county think so.
March 15, 2013
Towanda (WENY) - Everybody deserves a second chance, a new start, an opportunity to begin a new life, right? Well leaders down in Bradford county think so. A new prisoners' Re-entry house will open in Towanda in a few weeks, for non-violent offenders.
It's important to say that this is not a halfway house. The parolees moving in are eligible to be released from jail, they just need a home to go to. Re-entry home is within walking distance to downtown Towanda. The program will help get low level, non-violent offenders who are eligible for parole out of jail.
These people will also receive counseling and jobs. The goal is to move people through the correctional system faster because Bradford county jails are overcrowded. It costs tax payers more than $50 a day to keep someone in jail. Parolees are expected to get their affairs in order within four months, then they're on their own. Human Services Director Bill Blevin has been working for two years to get a house like this up and running.
“If we can get eight people at a time out of there, run them through and get them out in the community again, it's a lot cheaper there then sitting in jail,” says Blevin.
The house will be ready for its first residents at the beginning of May.