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.
Growing Season Late for Wine
BURDETT (WENY) -- For grape growers like Phil Davis of Damiani Wine Cellars, these are anxious times.
Damage from a harsh Winter and a late start to Spring could add up to a dismal growing season.
Phil Davis, one of the owners and grower, has already lost some of his Merlot and Riesling crop because of the Winter. His neighbors further to the north on Seneca Lake didn't fare as well.
"I'm driving by vineyards where you see no green," said Davis. "Those people not only have had their crop influenced this year. And if they recover, if their vines make it back, it a 4 year process to get the vineyard back in shape. I'm sure they'll see some vine death."
Davis says the crop is down about 20% compared to last year. And now, the late Spring is causing problems because some growers delayed pruning to see if their vines would grow.
"Consequently the fallout of that is the people that prune lost work," said Davis.
He says migrant workers who do pruning for the vineyard either moved on or hoped to catch work at the apple orchards.
Meantime, wineries say it's too soon to say what the impact will be, or whether or not it will impact wine prices.
"Yes, we had a harsh Winter, but that doesn't have any indication on the quality of the fruit," said Justin Boyette, an owner and the wine maker at Hector Wine Company. "It could actually be better quality because we have a smaller crop."
Buds that are completely damaged could take years to regrow, if at all. The full impact to the vines won't be known until mid-summer when the crop is in full bloom.