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
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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 1-800-894-9131.
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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Sipping Science: Behind The Scenes Of The Wine Industry
FINGER LAKES (WENY) - Finger lakes wine is world class wine made right in our own backyard.
But have you ever wondered how it goes from vine to glass?
You may think it's just a matter of pressing a few grapes and letting it sit for years and years in a barrel to ferment before it heads to the bottle. But that's not all.
When you sit down and pour yourself a glass, you're actually sipping science.
In many wineries, back beyond the tasting room lies a little laboratory full of tools needed to conduct multiple tests.
"There are actual chemical transformations that are taking place," Marti Macinski, winemaker at Standing Stone Vineyards, said. "You're letting yeast act on the juice, and the yeast eats the sugar in the juice and turns it into alcohol, which makes the wine nice, and carbon dioxide."
The labs were full of different machines, beakers, and lots of graphs and charts.
Some of the tests wineries do in-house include testing alcohol level, testing for free sulfur (something added to the wine to protect it from microbes that might to grow and spoil the wine), testing the PH level (the higher the PH, the more sulfur needed to protect the wine), sugar levels to see how fermentation is going, different acid tests, and many more.
But some of the little labs can't do everything. That's why many wineries rely on the Finger Lakes Wine Laboratory that runs out of Dairy One Cooperative Inc. in Ithaca.
The Wine Lab offers at least 10 different tests for wine and unfermented grape juice.
One of the popular tests is the YAN test. YAN standing for Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen - Nitrogen plays a big part in fermentation. If there isn't enough nutrient, your wine won't have a very good smell.
Winemakers said they rely on the lab for the YAN test and other more complex tests because their equipment is much more advanced and precise.
"For everyone it's nice to have a check," Michael Reidy, winemaker at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards said. "It's nice to have someone go in there and prove your work is proper, because we all get a little blind and sometimes hurry along."
But the Finger Lakes Wine Lab says it's not just about being exact, it's about the confidence. The lab said they like to think of it as supporting the already good winemakers, to help give their wine that extra edge.
"They're artists, they are scientists, but for a lot of them we're there to help them with the scientific aspect so they can focus on the more subtle things, like the art of the wine." Michelle Sadler of the Finger Lakes Wine Lab said.
But no matter how many tests the wineries and wine lab run throughout the winemaking process, the winemakers said it's important to test with your own senses too.
"I still say tasting is part of the science because you're analyzing and you're picking it apart. But by doing that I think it builds a little bit of what people would perceive as the artistry," Macinski said. "Which is this sort of, ultimately someone is saying 'that's it. Ok, We're there' And is that art or science?…yes it is!"