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.
Dry Weather Hurts Local Vineyards
FINGERLAKES REGION (WENY) -- This summer's dry weather is impacting some Fingerlakes wine makers. Grapes depend on water to get nutrients and to grow. "Water carries the nutrition into the vine," says Fox Run Vineyards owner, Scott Osborn. "When you get adequate water, your vines are healthy and they will give you good fruit flavors."
This summer has been hot and dry, so many local vineyards aren't getting enough water. Warm weather and sunshine are also critical, according to David Stamp, owner of Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen. "The warmth and sunshine will help the grape ripen its fruit, but if it doesn't have water then it can't function properly," says Stamp.
While it's not ideal weather, too much moisture can also cause its own set of problems. Wine makers say steady rainfall can cause mold and disease growth among the grape vines.
For now, they're hoping for more rain. Both Stamp and Osborn say the rest of the summer could ideally include one or two nights of rainfall a week, with plenty of sunshine during the day to promote healthy grapes. But working with Mother Nature means expecting the unexpected, so they'll be patient and hope for a strong end of the season.
"At this point we're quite pleased, but if a rainstorm came our way, you're not going to see us say no," says Stamp with a smile.