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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.
Schumer on Vineyard Damage
HAMMONDSPORT, NY - [WENY] Senator Schumer was in Hammondsport Monday afternoon, Schumer called on the US Department of Agriculture to help vineyards that sustained damage during the recent cold snap.
Schumer said, "The first thing I am asking is for the department of agriculture to prime the pumps right now and get that tap money flowing, because our growers are going to want to replant quickly."
Senator Charles Schumer talked about options that are available for vineyards if their crops were damaged by the recent cold snap that has hovered over the area, and he wants the US Department of Agriculture to be ready to assist.
he first option is TAP, which stands for Tree Assistance Program. The program which is under the recently passed Farm Bill, provides reimbursements for trunk damage, covering the cost for replacement, pruning, and removal.
Schumer said, "What about the buds? Well for that we have Disaster Assistance, these are low interest loans that help the farmers pay back, it would allow them to buy grapes and juice."
These assistance programs could help vineyards get back on their feet if they sustained damage, with the scope and severity of the damage being visible around spring time.
But Senator Schumer wants the USDA to be on standby, because damage is almost guaranteed, and Cornell scientists have found evidence suggesting over 50% of the buds could be damaged from the extreme cold, and with such a high level of bud damage, vine damage is also likely.
Hans Walter-Peterson, a Viticulture Specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension said, "We've gotten low enough for long enough, enough times around the Fingerlakes, in other parts of New York, and other parts of the Country, where we are seeing some of those buds dying. And so when you lose those buds you still have the vine survive, but you wont see any fruit on them. "
New York State is home to over 900, supporting more than 6,000 thousand jobs. Experts are predicting 2014 to be the worst grape season in 10 years.