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.
Tioga Downs Camel & Ostrich Race
NICHOLS (WENY)---It wasn't a typical weekend at Tioga Downs.
Yes, there was horse racing but some other animals raced for first place- camels and ostriches.
Self-proclaimed animal love, Jill Crepin, said, "My favorite part of the day was basically seeing the ostrich race, they were hillarious."
Horse trainer, Paul Bernardo said Jill really loved the race. "She was really excited because the girl ostrich won," he said.
More than 3,000 fans came out to Saturday night to enjoy the unique racing experience- a first for Nichols, New York.
Tioga Downs Vice President, Jason Settlemoir, said, "It's something different and ostriches and camels aren't that prevelant in this part of the world."
The ostrich race was quick. Actually, too quick for our camera but the best part of the rac was that ostriches escaped, sending the trainers into a tizzy and the crowd into a laughing match.
But, the trainer carried the big bird with his two hand into the truck, clearing the track for the next anticipated race.
Settlemoir got the crowd excited, "Come on Nichols, New York. Are you ready for the camel races?"
The 6 foot animals were easier to handle. The camels didn't send trainers running, but Vice President of Tioga Downs might beg to differ.
"I rode one last night at the Meadowlands and I'm out tonight, " he said. "With my athletic abilities that I still posses, I was able to keep myself on the camel but I managed to wrench my back. There is a late rider change cause I tested fate one time and I don't want to test it again."
Settlemoir left it up to the professionals and camel number one came in number one in in the race. Hats off to the winning cowboy who traveled all the way from Kansas, right here to the Twin Tiers.
If you missed the race, the big question here is will Tioga Downs be graced with these rare sights in the future?
"I think it's safe to say we'll be seeing ostrich and camels back here in Nichols, New York," said Settlemoir.