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.
Disaster Declaration: Finger Lakes Vineyards
SCHUYLER COUNTY (WENY) -- A brutal Winter has left wine makers in the Finger Lakes anxious about their crop. The US Department of Agriculture made a disaster declaration that will allow those impacted to apply for federal assistance.
Those included are: Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Oswego and Yates, Allegany, Cortland, Erie, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Wyoming.
"A number of our wineries here in the region are going to have to take advantage of it to keep things rolling forward," said Paul Thomas, Executive Director of the Seneca Wine Trail.
Wineries are looking at bud and vine damage. At Lakewood Vineyards, their buds are alright, but they won't know the impact to the vines until mid-Summer when the crop is in full bloom.
"We have checked our primary buds in some of our more sensitive varieties," said David Stamp, one of the owners and the Vineyard Manager. "We just are not seeing elevated damage to the buds, so we're gonna be a little off in our overall crop, but it's not going to have a huge impact."
Meantime, further north up Seneca Lake Fulkerson Winery has some damage they are somewhat concerned about. Some of their newer vines, used to make Gruiner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, and some Rieslings they're bottling this week could be impacted by the constant low temperatures mixed with little wind this Winter.
"We expect we will have some losses, most wineries, depending on where they are will," said Wine Sales Director, John Iszard. "It will effect us and we hope that if that funding is in place it will help those that need it, in terms of replanting and getting vineyards back to where they were before the freezing."
The further north a vineyard is, the more damage it will likely see. The full extent of the toll isn't known yet. Most wineries won't know the impact to the vines until mid-summer when the crop is in full bloom.