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.
Locals React to Farm Aid Expiring
Chemung County (WENY) -- Some local farmers say it's cut and dry -- Congress failing to enact a farm bill puts their livelihood in jeopardy. Major farm aid programs expired over the weekend, and a few local farmers say their safety net is virtually gone.
"I'm kind of disappointed it didn't go through," said Scott Bush, a dairy farmer in Elmira. "They knew they needed to pass that before they went on recess. I guess if my farm animals reacted like the people in Congress, I would have been out of business a long time ago."
After a tough year with feed and hay prices going up, farmers are now worried about being unprotected with farm aid programs expiring.
"It ends the MILC program, it ends so many things," said Ashur Terwilliger, president of the Chemung County Farm Bureau. "What does agriculture ask for? Just give us a decent farm bill -- we're ready to go. We're willing to stay out here seven days a week and work."
The MILC program subsidized dairy farmers when prices fell below a certain level. Without that and other programs, farmers -- especially dairy -- are very concerned about their future.
"It started out in the spring -- fertilizer prices, seed corn prices high -- then the army worms came through, then the dry weather, the drought," said Bush. "Now I'm dealing with Congress."
"Without a decent farm bill, I'm afraid of what's going to happen to a small family, especially dairy farms," said Terwilliger. "It don't look good, it does not look good."