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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Warm Winter Helps Wineries
Local Winery Owners Enjoyed Warm Weather, Not So Happy with Cold Snap.
May 11, 2012
FINGERLAKES REGION (WENY) -- Don Kilcoyne, co-owner of Catherine Valley Winery, loves his business. What's been more difficult this year is the early warmth, which caused some grape buds to break before they were ready.
"We really lost about 20 percent of our fruitfulness," says Kilcoyne. "I believe the grapes themselves will be able to overcome that."
It's a similar story down the road at Hector Wine Company, where growers say the frosty nights in April and May caused damage. Tina Hazlitt says the grapes are alright, but not not all of their fruit did so well.
"Unfortunately it was early bloom on the cherries, and we don't think we'll have much of a cherry crop this year," says Hazlitt. "But fortunately for the grapes, we think we're going to do better"
Even though they've had some roller coaster weather, vineyard owners say grapes are resilient. They're hoping the nice weather sticks around for this weekend, to bring in more business for Mother's Day.
"Tomorrow [Saturday] it'll be busy with the mothers and daughters," says Jason Hazlitt, also with Hector Wine Company. "Really it's a family tradition, so we get a lot of family groups in."
"Every year we have buses scheduled, it seems this year we have quite a few college buses scheduled to come into our area," commented Kilcoyne. "So I have a feeling we'll do very well this weekend."
Winery owners say the start to the season has been great, despite some weather setbacks. Customers are still flocking to the Fingerlakes, and that's a good sign for business.
"This spring has been incredible, it's been one of the best on record for us. We've done very well and we anticipate it will continue through the season," said Kilcoyne at Catherine Valley Winery.