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.
Tioga Downs ’Farm To Table’ Program
NICHOLS---(WENY) Tioga Downs is starting a new "Farm to Table" program, the goal is to give a boost to the local agricultural industry.
It's an initiative to put New York farmers on the forefront by using and promoting locally grown foods and products.
During a press conference, Bill French, the Senior Director of Food and Beverage services at the Downs said the racino will serve more locally grown meats and produce at it's buffet.
They'll be working with New York vendors like Ginsberg Foods from Hudson, New York.
They'll also feature New York craft beers and plan to expand their wine list to include more wines from the Finger Lakes region.
And every year, Tioga Downs hosts a racing promotion called 'Corntastic', where they buy over a ton of corn from local farmers and hold shucking and corn eating contests.
Tioga Downs will also be featuring a summer farmer's market to bring more local business to New York Farmers.
Kevin Frisbie, President of the Tioga County Farm Bureau says, "We think it's exciting that Tioga Downs will create a Farmer's Market here that people in Tioga County can grow. Even if it's just a half acre of strawberries or pumkins and some young kid out of high school wants to get his hands dirty and try to grow that, it gives him a great market here locally."
Kevin Frisbie also says it's a great way for people to see who actually grows and raises the food they consume.