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.
FDA Issues Pet Snack Warning
WASHINGTON---(WENY) Thousands of pets across the country have gotten sick after eating a certain pet snacks. Hundreds of pets have died, and the Food and Drug Administration is putting out fact sheets for veterinarians and pet owners.
The FDA's investigation is pointing towards Jerky Pet treats from China, but hasn't pin-pointed a particular brand. The agency is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets may have after eating jerky treats.
So far, the FDA's investigation linked the illnesses to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. Roughly 580 of those pets have died.
Despite over 1,200 tests run from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine and visits to pet treat manufacturing plants in China, the exact cause of the pet illness has still not been determined. Although, it has been linked to chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky snacks.
Dr. Emily Duggan, a veterinarian at Broadway animal hospital says pet owners should keep an eye out for warning signs. Dr. Duggan says, "You're going to look for vomiting, diarrhea, if your pet's really tired, sluggish, not wanting to eat - you'd want to call your vet. Right now they don't know what treats specifically are causing it, but if your pet has any of these symptoms, call your vet or contact the FDA and save the treats in case they would want to test them."