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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.
FDA Backs Down On Cheese Regulation
NICHOLS (WENY) -- A policy statement from the Food and Drug Administration has Artisan cheese makers up in arms.
The FDA opened the discussion that cheese makers would no longer be allowed to age their cheese on wooden boards because it's deemed unsanitary.
With recent heat from the American Cheese Society, the FDA has since backed down on the proposal. But local farmers say if this policy goes into place it would greatly effect business.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillbrand are working to protect Dairy Farmers in New York State.
They are pushing for clarification from the Food and Drug Administration on possible new rule of banning a century old cheese aging process.
"It would costs more to make our cheese, said Lisa Englebert, co- owner of Englebert Farms in Nichols. "We would have to really evaluate whether it was worth it to continue making cheese or not."
Englebert farms in Nichols says her farm supports 5 families and because of that, they've had to diversity out of just dairy and now sells artisanal cheeses produced by Lively Run Goat Farm in Interlaken.
She says if the FDA really, truly cracked down and eliminated the use of wooden boards, that would effect a lot of small scale family farms.
"Ultimately, the consumer are the ones that are going to be hurt by it as well as the farmers," said Englebert.
In a recent statement, the FDA says "In the interest of public health, the FDA's current regulations state that utensils and other surfaces that contact food must be "adequately cleanable."
They say The porous structure of wood makes the surface prone to bacteria.
Tom Murray of Muranda Cheese Company in Waterloo has been making cheese for 7 years.
He says if cheese makers were forced to use plastic or metal to age the cheese, it would affect the quality of the product.
"The tale telling sign of good cheese, is great raw product. Your milk is very, very clean, low bacteria, and low ph counts.