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.
Unseasonably Warm Weather Gives Farmers a Boost
Farmers Get Jump Start on Planting
SPENCER (WENY) -- The warm weather we've been having lately seems almost too good to be true. But after last year's devastating floods, the "winter that wasn't" is proving to be a godsend to local farmers.
"We couldn't have asked for any more problems than we had last year, so this year's gotta be better than last year," said Tioga County Farm Bureau President Kevin Frisbie.
Frisbie's crops suffered major damage last year, due to heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Six months later, he's taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to get a jump start on this year's planting. A month ahead of schedule, it's a far cry from this same day last year, when parts of the Southern Tier were under a foot of snow.
"This warm weather and dry weather certainly helps farmers get crops in earlier from a year ago, we weren't even thinking about it yet," said Frisbie.
Today, Kevin's getting his field in Spencer ready to plant oat, alfalfa and timothy. He says last September's heavy rains and flooding wiped out local crops, costing farmers thousands of dollars. He's hoping this early planting can help farmers recoup some of those losses.
"Generally you can buy some from a neighbor, but this year it's just not there, no one had an abundance of crops, so getting the crops in early will certainly benefit all the farmers in the local area," he said.
As president of the Tioga County Farm Bureau, Frisbie knows all to well how last year's weather impacted local agriculture.
"A lot of farmers in this area, especially in tioga county lost a lot of feed that was that was never harvested or it was damaged and unable to be harvested due to the Tropical Storm Lee," he said.
For now, he's not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Frisbie says this weather is giving farmers a 30 day head start on the growing season, and he has 600 acres to tend to. Even if we get a frost or heavy rain as we head into April, Frisbie says oat is hearty enough to survive.