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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
Lt. Governor Presents "Winery of Year" Award, Addresses Drought Impact
September 1, 2016
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul personally visited Keuka Springs Vineyard in Penn Yan Thursday afternoon to present the owners with the "2016 Winery of the Year" award, and celebrate the growing industry in the Finger Lakes region.
For some wineries, however, this year's summer drought will have a large impact on next year's product. Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared 24 counties throughout the state as federal disaster areas in response to the drought. This now allows farmers and owners to the opportunity for farmers to apply for emergency funds in anticipation of a lower harvest.
"The concern is that some of the crops here, some of the grapes, could be down about 40% in some of these areas. That's compared to last year, which was not a great year. So we're very much monitoring this together and trying to provide as much assistance as we can," the Lieutenant Governor explains.
"Our farmers are the backbone of these communities and we need to make sure we're protecting them and helping them along this process because the drought situation is severe and we need to make sure we're providing assistance where the help is needed," says Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who also attended the award presentation.
Len and Judy Wilterberg are the owners of Keuka Spring Vineyards. They say harvesting is right around the corner and they are expecting a drastically reduced crop.
"The berries are small. Some of the germination when they were blossoming wasn't ideal, so the crop is going to be down, from a few of the growers we've gotten reports from, by as much as 40%," Len Wilterberg says.
Across the way by Seneca Lake, Lakewood Vineyards Inc. is also seeing a smaller crop. Grape canes are reportedly about 2 to 2.5 feet long, whereas farmers would really like to see them grow to about 3 to 3.5 feet.
"Because these canes haven't grown as far as they usually would, it's going to make it tougher for us to prune them, to get the amount of buds we'd like to put on them, and the development of that bud is going to be affected a little bit too. So the drought won't only just affect this year, we'll see some of the repercussions next year," says David Stamp, Vineyard Manager at Lakewood Vineyards.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, along with its Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell Eden program, recommend that farmers affected by the drought should continue to document their conditions (pictures and video), and any losses. Farmers can also file a CCC- 576 (Notice of Loss) with their local USDA Farm Service Agency.
The Farm Service Agency considers each emergency loan application based on the extent of production losses on the farm. Local agency contact information can be found here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=ny&agency=fsa
To monitor the current drought situation in the Northeast region, click here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?northeast
The Governor's original announcement, including a list of qualified counties, can be found here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-disaster-declaration-24-counties-across-new-york-state-assist-farmers#