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.
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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.
Tornado Destroys Homes In Northern Tier
NEW ALBANY (WENY) -- As our First Warning Weather Team reported last night, strong winds hit parts of Bradford County damaging homes and land in it's wake.
The National Weather Service confirmed today that it was an EF1 magnitude tornado.
Just before 6PM Tuesday night, New Albany resident Krista Teel was just getting in from work as the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning.
She says as she was getting ready to hunker down, the EF1 magnitude tornado hit.
"As soon as I got to the top of my steps, all I could hear was the crack and it hit the house," said Teel. "It was an unbelievable noise."
Teel says because she lives on the top of a mountain, strong winds aren't uncommon.
But after seeing the aftermath of the tornado the next morning, she's shocked no one was hurt.
"For the yard to be cleaned up, that's nothing," said Teel. "To be a live and well. That's priceless."
Just a few miles out from New Albany In Laddsburg, Tuesday night's winds reached 100 MPH.
Damaging homes and ripping up land.
Chris Finan, who lives on Marsh Road, says he lost power but there was no structural damage to the house.
"The radar looked liked it was to the west of us," said Finan. "That's why we weren't in the basement when it hit but as soon as we saw it coming, we ran into the basement as fast as we could."
But other residents weren't so lucky.
Just a few yards away the tornado tore right through a home, completely destroying their horse barn,
The strong winds caused the barn to break apart and pieces of it can be seen here in the neighbors trees and scattered across a field.
The Red Cross was out surveying the area earlier today and they said so far they've only had to put up two people last night.