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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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.
Aeroshot: A Puff of Controversy
(WENY)---Move over energy drinks. Aeroshot, the lipstick sized inhalable energy shot sits on store shelves in New York. It's a new craze but it comes with a puff of controversy.
We talked to over a dozen college students- only a few of them tried the product.
An Elmira College student who tried it said, "I feel pretty jumpy."
Another student didn't want to try the product and said, "I guess I could understand why there are some FDA issues."
New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants the product banned and he says its not the college students who are the problem- it's the high schoolers.
Schumer tells us, "Aeroshot and particularly the way they advertise is sort of like a party drug because you can take ten to fifteen shots of caffeine while you're drinking, if you're a teenager. That can lead to serious consequences.
A canister of aeroshot costs just $2.99. You can find it next to the energy drinks and you're supposed to be 18 or older to buy it, but a lot of high schoolers are getting their hands on it.
A high school student we spoke with says, "I wish I could have more."
Aeroshot is made in France, but sold in US stores and online- easy access for teens. It's in the form of a lime flavored powder.The company that makes it, breathable foods, says one puff is equal to a cup of coffee, 100 milligrams of caffeine.
Schumer doesn't think it's safe. He says, "If it's caffeine in a cup of coffee, there is a limit to how many coffees you can drink. You can't fit them all in your system. But with aeroshot you can take ten, fifteen, twenty shots and its just a sniff-like and you are in real trouble."
Christie Speciale is the Director of Trinity of Chemung County Drug Prevention. She says, "caffeine needs to be taken in moderation and it increases alertness, reduces fine motor coordination, alters sleep patterns and it can cause headaches and dizziness."
Months ago, Senator Schumer urged the Food and Drug Administration to take aeroshot off the shelves. The FDA sent breathable foods a letter, saying the product's advertising is misleading and dangerous for the lungs.
Although the aeroshot inventor cancelled several interviews with us, they sent this response:
"We plan to work closely with the FDA to meet their requests for information and labeling changes. Aeroshot delivers a mix of B vitamins and caffeine to the mouth for ingestion and is not inhaled into the lungs."
Despite, the controversy, there is no timetable and no certainty whether or not the FDA will ban the product. But Senator Schumer, who pushed for a ban on controversial alcohol and caffeine drinks like fourloko in 2010, wants change soon.He says, "I am hopeful that the FDA will find what the study of pediatrics found. It's not made here and it shouldn't be sold here."