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.
Apple Production Down in New York
The April frost prevented 60 percent of trees from pollinating because the blossoms froze. Then a dry summer kept apples from growing to normal size, and hail storms put holes in whatever was left. StoneyRidge Orchards in Erin is just one of the many apple farms across the state with a shortage and damaged apple crop this year. Growers were forced to raise prices -- some charging $8 a gallon for cider.
"We did a little bit, but not that much," said Liz Heppner of StoneyRidge Orchards in regards to raising prices. "We were very fortunate to get what we did. We have a lot of local, loyal customers come every year, and we just didn't feel it was right to put the prices too high because then you wouldn't have as good customer base."
StoneyRidge cider went up by 50 cents a gallon, and a bushel of apples rose by a dollar.
"I did notice that the price was quite a lot higher," said customer John Earley. "When you have apples and other people don't, as a small business, you need to take that opportunity, but we don't mind."
"Prices are pretty high in the stores, and being on a budget, you really want to watch your money," said customer Karen Benjamin. "Coming out to pick apples is a good way to save your money and spend time with your family."
Despite low production, StoneyRidge saw more customers because some other Southern Tier orchards had no apples for people to pick at all.
"It was a tough year overall, but we had a lot of support from our customers, friends and neighbors," said Heppner. "We feel like it's always going to be better -- we hope."
StoneyRidge owners said they haven't calculated their losses yet, but as most farmers do, they have a cushion of money saved for tough seasons like this.