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.
Milk Consumption Down
Experts have seen a sharp decline in consumption of milk, a major product for the economy in New York and Pennsylvania.
Twin Tiers (WENY) - Experts have seen a sharp decline in consumption of milk, a major product for the economy in New York and Pennsylvania. Since 1975 Milk consumption has dropped 30 percent, and reports show that trend is continuing. The sharp decline in milk consumption troubling for the already struggling dairy industry. It seems that recently the Non-Dairy Milk products are flooding the market and is part of the reason for the decline.
“Growing up we used to have the glass milk, you know Byrn Dairy glass milk everything changed since then,” says Minier's Supermarket Manager Paul Minier.
When it comes to milk, the times are changing. Almond, Coconut, Rice, Organic, more and more milk products are appearing on store shelves, making it hard for businesses like Minier's to keep up. At miners the milk section has changed a lot in fact 1its doubled in the past decade. Now they carry, pure milk, coconut, Silk milk and Organic milk all because of consumer demand.
“More and more people ask for that type of milk, soy products the rice milk the almond milk you name it we have it because people are demanding that. So you see our section shrink down in the traditional milk and we've grown in the other section,” says Paul.
According to the US Department of Agriculture Americans drank an average of 20.2 gallons of milk last year, that's down 3,3 percent, the biggest drop since 1975. Here in New York, from 1998 to 2007 the number of dairy farms dropped from 8700 to 5700. Bill Blackson from the USDA says the good news is milk production per cow went up over that time.
“I think the smaller ones that go out of business today are just not big enough to be available today, but they don't totally disappear, they'll sell their cows to other farms and those farms become bigger. So we have farms that are much larger then we used to be.”
Although organic milk sales are growing, they only account for about 4 percent of retail sales.