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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.
Small BREW Act
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing a plan he says will pump millions of dollars back into small breweries every year. It's called the small BREW (Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce) Act of 2013.
The bill aims to cut the excise tax in half, so breweries can put that money back into growing their businesses.
Local breweries across New York State currently have to pay $7 in taxes per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels they brew per year.
To give you some perspective: It cost Rooster fish in Watkins Glen more than $10,000 in excise taxes to brew 1,500 barrels of beer in this year. Senator Schumer's bill would slash those costs in half for small brewer's like Doug Theyer, owner of Rooster Fish Brewing.
"I think there is becoming a lot more awareness of the small brewing industry and how important it is and the local economy really benefits from it on just a lot of levels," said Thayer.
Senator Schumer thinks this bill would help local breweries like Rooster Fish hire more employees and expand their business.
"We have bipartisan support for the bill-- Democrat and Republican and so I think we have a good chance to pass it. My goal is to have this bill enacted by October 1st," said Senator Schumer.
With other savings in the bill, Senator Schumer estimates it would save brewers in Chemung and Schuyler counties more than $4 million a year.