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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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.
Expansion at Tioga Downs
NICHOLS (WENY) -- Expansion, in the Southern Tier. Tioga Downs is pushing forward as the deadline to apply for a gaming license approaches.
The racino is partnering with another local business, to give tourists another reason to visit. If selected to become a full fledged casino Tioga Downs will take over the Tioga Country Club for 99 years.
The golf course is 3 miles away.
"We'll run shuttle buses back and forth," explained Tom Osiecki, President and COO of American Racing and Gaming. "The club house that we're going to build will be nothing short of spectacular. There's nothing like it in the area."
The new country club will have a pro shop, full restaurant and bar, and locker rooms. It will be 8,000-10,000 square feet.
The Club currently employs 3 full time and about 25 seasonal employees. They will all become Tioga Downs workers.
If the agreement goes through as planned, it'll bring even more jobs to the area.
"It will just give us more stability than we already have," said Vince Carpineta, President of the Board of Directors.
He says they'll continue business as usual if Tioga Downs doesn't get a full casino license.
The racino is also beginning "WinterFest." It will go from Black Friday to New Year's Eve. It will offer wagon rides, carolers, a light show, fire works, and festive music to the proposed resort on weekends for the first time.
They'll be teaming up with local wineries, breweries and tourism departments to create travel packages.
"It's such close proxminity to the Finger Lakes and our great wine country. We have beautiful recreation that we have in our sate parks and campgrounds in the area. This is just one alternative for families to do on a trip to the Southern Tier," said Senator Tom O'Mara.
Tioga downs has until the end of June to apply for a gaming license. Osiecki says they're finishing up the application.