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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.
Millport Gluten Free Store Opens
MILLPORT (WENY) -- Lots of people have been going gluten free over the past couple of years. Some, because they have Celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disease triggered by eating gluten; others, because it's been trendy.
What started as a personal quest for Cindy McCarthy turned into a family business.
McCarthy 's 4-year-old daughter, Serenity, who has Down Syndrome, was having digestive issues two years ago.
So, Cindy decided to have Serenity try going gluten-free, thinking maybe it was Celiac disease.
"She started improving," said Cindy.
Little Serenity didn't have Celiac disease, but her parents found removing those foods from her diet were making a difference.
"That was the beginning of our journey," said Cindy. "Since then we have three more kids that can't have gluten. And we have 12 children and our grocery budget is already high,"
To cut costs, she started buying gluten free in bulk for her family and opened Main Street Millport Mercantile up to give people more options close to home.
"I know there's some who think it's just a fad, they did Atkins, they do whatever the newest thing is, but I think our food has been modified enough that grain isn't what it used to be," said Cindy.
Perhaps the biggest debate.
Registered Dietician, Anthony Patricelli says people shouldn't diagnose themselves because going gluten free, when they don't have to, could have adverse effects.
"A gluten free diet can be deficient in certain nutrients such as fiber, iron, b-vitamins, so you really have to be careful," said Patricelli.
The only way to know for sure, is seeing a doctor.
Patricelli is glad though, that there are more resources for people with dietary restrictions.
And that's what Cindy's store hopes to offer - a community hub for people looking to explore their options, and connect with others who live gluten-free.
Her shop is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.