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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.
Blind Cows Find Companionship
WATKINS GLEN - [WENY] Valentines Day celebrates the idea of love and having someone special to keep you company. And with perfect timing, we have a special story of two blind cows, and how they found comfort in being together. At one point, both of these cows were lonely, and living in miserable conditions, but Farm Sanctuary took these cows in, and gave them a better life.
Meet Tricia and Sweety, both of these cows are blind, but to each other, they are everything. Tricia lived at the Farm Sanctuary for about 7 years now, but she recently lost her companion to cancer and has been alone ever since.
Susie Coston, the National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary talked about Tricia, and he loss. She said, "She had another cow that she lived with, that she loved very much, and she has been very lonely without her."
Sweety's story started in Canada, she was scheduled to be slaughtered, and she was in very poor health. She was rescued just in time, and arrived at the sanctuary just last week.
Coston added, "She's in really bad shape, her eyes were not treated, and no treatment for her foot infection, so when she was pulled from the facility she was living, as a dairy cow she was in really bad shape without vet care."
And without the ability to see, Sweety was very nervous and cautious about her new surroundings. But during her short time at the sanctuary, things were getting better, she was communicating and bonding with Tricia just by mooing at each other from the different sides of the barn. And when Sweety was placed with Tricia, things got better for the both of them.
Coston said, "So they really connected quickly, they eat together, they sleep together, they hang out together, they are definitely bonded, they groom each other, these are all signs that they have really bonded, and this has been a really quick best friendship already."
Now that Tricia and Sweety are the best of companions, they get to spend the rest of their lives together, and Sweety will get the medical care she needs.
Coston added, "So we are going to give her all of the care she ever needs, so she can live out her life, and the same goes with tricia, and we are really really excited because they formed a really strong bond, and we are really hopeful they get to spend the rest of their lives together."