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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.
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Malnourished Horses in Mansfield
Reports of animal abuse in Mansfield sparked a WENY investigation. Kellie Meyer reports.
March 6, 2014
MANSFIELD, PA (WENY) -- "Nine or ten years ago a friend had called me up and said, there's this lady with all these Arabian horses, and because I like Arabians, I went over to meet her."
That's the voice of Brenda. She asked us not to use her last name or show her on camera. Brenda has been helping her friend take care of her 10 horses for years.
She says she slowly began to realize that those horses weren't being taken care of properly.
"One of the older stallions got so sick that he couldn't stand and I wanted him to be put down so he wasn't suffering, so she fought me on that and fought me on that," said Brenda.
A farrier who saw the horses last year told WENY news that he helped provide care in November.
"At that time there was a horse that needed regular foot care. The environment was rather run down and in a state of disrepair," said Darryl Kotz, a farrier and blacksmith out of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
The dispute put a strain on Brenda and the owners relationship. She began visit less often, that is, until just two weeks ago.
"Someone had called and told me that one of the horses was dead and that there was no water in the barn," Brenda said.
She asked the owner to find the horses a new home. The owner, refused. State police went over last week to check on the horses welfare. They told me the horses looked ok to them and were being fed.
These, are pictures of the horses taken by Brenda. Brenda wasn't convinced. So we went over to the barn to check things out for ourselves.
The owner refused an on camera interview to allow us to show you her horses.
She says she's fully capable of taking care of them.
Helen Smith at Sundance horse and rescue says they offered to take the horses off the owners' hands but she refused. Smith says the main problem from all of this is their lack of animal cruelty abuse centers. Tioga County doesn't have an animal welfare organization or humane society, making investigations like this one very difficult.
Smith said, "we desperately need to have an authority figure who can help the rescues and the sanctuaries to stand up for the animals that we get the calls on it would make our job a lot easier."
As for the horses still inside the barn. They are only three left now. Brenda and others promise they will continue to fight for their safety.
"I just really want them to go somewhere where they are taken care of."
We're still waiting for a report from the humane officer called in from Philadelphia. But according to a source, a veterinarian has gone by the property to check on the horses and the owner is supposedly close to letting them go.