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.
A Thanksgiving Feast for the Turkeys
Watkins Glen, N.Y. (WENY) -- Most people will be putting their bird on the table sometime today, but the tables were turned at a local farm this weekend. The Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen held their own Thanksgiving dinner, but it was for the turkeys!
"We are having a celebration for the turkeys, because this is the animal that obviously doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. So this is our day, to allow people to get to know turkeys for the sentiment beings that they are," said Susie Coston, the Farm Sanctuary's National Shelter Director. For 29 years, the Farm Sanctuary invites the public to join them in their Celebration of the Turkeys. The sanctuary is home to more than 500 farm animals, pardoned from your holiday table.
"29 years ago when we started the event, we just knew the number of turkeys that are killed every year for food. Once you get to know a turkey, they are really no different than your cats and your dogs," said Coston. The rescued turkeys are the guests of honor but the sanctuary doesn't forget about the other holiday animal. The pigs on the farm go hog wild for pumpkins. The farm is also home to many cows, sheep, goats chickens, and the opportunity for people to get to know they food they may often eat.
"What we do at sanctuaries is allow people to make a connection. So before you sit down and eat anything or anyone, you should probably meet them and get to know who they are," said Coston. "Every year there are 45 million in the US just at Thanksgiving, that's a lot of turkeys. So this is our day to say how much we love turkeys and celebrate their life instead of their death. Kale, cranberries, squash and pumpkin; was the Thanksgiving menu for the Celebration for the Turkey's.