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.
Mark Smith Running for Lt. Gov.
TOWANDA -- [WENY] Mark Smith is a two-term Bradford County Commissioner and says he's ready to take the big step.
He says he'll give Harrisburg perspective from a growing, rural area dealing with the changes brought on by marcellus shale drilling.
Smith says he wants to re-write the job description of Lieutenant Governor and change the way things have been going over the past few years.
A Pennsylvania native who grew up in Bradford county, he says he doesn't just want to be a placeholder... He wants to make sure voices that have otherwise been under-represented get heard.
His key points today had to deal with education, transportation, gun laws, gender equality in the workplace and of course, natural gas development.
Supporters say they think he would bring a fresh, and younger outlook to the capitol.
"Right now and in the past, it's been an office that is placeholder," said Smith. "And what we're looking to do is do something different in the office-- raise the level, raise the bar on what that office can do for Pennsylvania and make some serious progress for the people of Pennsylvania."
Some Pennsylvanians agree.
"I think its time I think we need somebody that represents the rural part of the state and also represents the concerns of many of us who live here have about protecting the environment and protecting our rural way of life," said Emily Rizzo, a Tioga County resident.
The election won't be until next year and current Republican Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley hasn't yet announced his reelection bid.