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.
Senator Schumer Speaks Against New FDA Rule
HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- In just 30 days, the Food and Drug Administration may pass a rule that will directly effect breweries and farms in New York State.
The FDA wants to regulate spent grain which will cost both industries more money.
This rule will force breweries to either send their grain to be dried and packaged or disposed of.
Senator Charles Schumer spoke against this proposed rule at Upstate Brewing in Horseheads.
"That's the kind of cooperation, that drives the local economy and that's the kind of cooperation that's been around long before there even was a FDA," said Senator Schumer.
Brewers say they don't have to burden themselves with the expense of disposing the wet grain when local farmers collect it for animal feed.
Both industries say this is a win- win transaction and this proposed rule will only complicate things.
"Well I'll be calling the head of the FDA, who is actually a New yorker," said Senator Schumer. "And bringing to her attention that this is absurd."
90% of brewers across the nation donate their spent grain to farmers for feed.
"It's a two person interaction. It's the brewery and the farmer," said Mark Neumann, President of Upstate Brewing. "The farmer wants it the way it is and we want it the way it is. So, why mess with it?"
Tom Giles of Maple Valley farms says he's been receiving donated grain from Upstate Brewing since they opened in July of 2012.
He says if this bill were to pass, he would spend roughly $100 a week on grain to feed his animals.
"It's a good relationship, we promote his product, he promotes our product and that's what it's all about," said Giles.
Senator Schumer says he hopes he can bring the FDA to their senses before this rule goes into effect.