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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.
Hot Pocket Recall
February 18, 2014
TWIN TIERS (WENY) -- According to Food Safety News.com last week, Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, CA, recalled approximately 8.7 million pounds of beef because USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service found that the company had processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit, or full benefit, of federal inspection in 2013 and 2014.
Now other companies are being impacted by the one-year recall. According to a Nestlé press release, it did not purchase meat directly from Rancho; however, it did receive a small quantity of meat that was used at Nestlé’s Chatsworth, CA, production operation, a facility devoted entirely to Hot Pockets brand sandwiches.
The products being recalled are Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and Hot Pockets brand Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two-pack box. No other batches, sizes, including multi-packs, or varieties of Hot Pockets brand products are affected.
Consumers who may have purchased the affected batches of Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese should not consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 392-4057.
USDA notes that no illnesses have been reported in relation to the Rancho Feeding Corporation recall.
The products included in the recall are:
• Hot Pocket Philly Steak & Cheese, 9 oz., UPC4369507107, Batch numbers:
o 3021544512 with a best before date of March 2014
o 3029544512 with a best before date of March 2014
o 3197544512 with a best before date of September 2014
o 3240544512 with a best before date of October 2014
• Hot Pocket Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese, 9 oz., UPC 4369505634, Batch numbers:
o 3211544512 with a best before date of September 2014
o 3248544512 with a best before date of November 2014
o 3283544512 with a best before date of December 2014
• Hot Pocket Philly Steak & Cheese, 54 oz., UPC 4369507520, Batch numbers:
o 3022544513 with a best before date of March 2014
o 3191544512 with a best before date of September 2014
o 3224544512 with a best before date of October 2014
o 3254544512 with a best before date of November 2014
o 3268544512 with a best before date of November 2014