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.
Fall Folliage Could Come Early
Upstate New York is known for its beautiful colors in the fall, attracting tourists from across the state and the country but some are concerned the fall foliage could come early.
"My husband brought in our first crop of tomatoes, our first harvest, and I kissed our first tomato because it was truly a gift," says Deb Liberatore.
Liberatore with Pine Valley Farms loves her crops. But she's especially thankful this year after such dry summer weather.
"I certainly don't know why we had the abundance of crops this year because it certainly wasn't the rain but we got enough apparently," says Liberatore.
Her outdoor market depends heavily on the weather since it's open 365 days a year. Fall is usually a big season, bringing in customers from across the state to see the leaves change. But some are worried the leaves won't be as vibrant or last as long because of this year's dry summer.
"I think if the weather is clear, you'll see bright colors," says Don Davis.
Davis of Davis Garden Center has a different opinion. The tree enthusiast doesn't believe summer's little rainfall will severely impact the foliage. He says conditions over the next few weeks will determine the colors. So clear weather could mean bright trees.
"I think it's more a conditional of the fall, the rain, the sun in the fall, particularly the sun how colorful the trees are in the fall," says Davis.
Deb says whether the colors come early or late, she's not worried about fewer tourists this season. Fall in the Fingerlakes is one of her favorite times, and she knows others will have that same appreciation.
"I think the folks that are interested in that are going to come no matter when it is," says Liberatore.
The fall foliage season in southeastern New York usually runs between late October and early November. The brightest colors usually between four days and two weeks.