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.
Trout Season Brings on New Regulations
March 29, 2013
Catherine Creek (WENY) -- Grab your fishing poles and bait, trout season is quickly approaching. But this year there will be some new regulations that may be great news for some avid fishers or upsetting to others.
"If you're coming from a long distance, coming all the way up here and you catch one fish and you decide to keep it and then if you catch something a little bit later and it's a lot bigger it doesn't matter it still gotta go back in," said Michael Flanagan from Southport.
Some changes in DEC's 2012 - 2013 freshwater fishing official regulations guide is the limit of rainbow trout a person can catch per day. According to the regulations the daily limit for rainbow trout has been reduced from from three to one in Finger Lake streams and tributaries of Seneca Lake.
"Everybody will get their one fish limit the rules changed which is really good, they've been taking three for so many years that it will give these fish a break," said Michael Kent from Big Flats.
"A lot of people don't even realize you can only keep one fish," added Robert Gulich, Elmira.
And how will the DEC and local law enforcement know about people who are taking more than one rainbow trout?
We will be having officers out on the streams both in plain clothes and in uniforms, watching fisherman to make sure they comply with rules and regulations," said Lieutenant Tom Stoner from the DEC.
He says if people are caught keeping more than one rainbow trout, they can face up to 250 dollar in fines or up to 15 days in jail.
He says the regulation are needed.
He added, "(it will) improve the catch rates, and imporve the stokes of rainbow trout in the Finger Lakes."
If you see anyone taking more than one rainbow trout, you can call the DEC Tipline at 1-800-847-7332.