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.
Allow Dogs on the Commons?
ITHACA (WENY) -- Dave Wrisley doesn't go many places without his pup, Achilles. Even while working at his family's jewelry shop on the Ithaca Commons, his dog isn't far from his side.
“He gets to ride in the car with me everyday, he gets to go home with me everyday. He’s by my side every second," says Wrisley. “I’m blessed in the fact that I get to bring my dog in to work everyday.”
His customers don't have that same luxury, but Dave thinks they should. Workers and residents are allowed to have dogs with a permit, but all other pedestrians are not. Some are worried it's hurting business by keeping pet lovers at home or their hotel instead of out on the Commons.
"There's been studies to show they have a positive economic benefit to downtowns when people are allowed to bring their trusted companions with them, then they're more comfortable in their shopping environment," says Associate Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance group, Vicki Taylor.
Downtown Ithaca Alliance workers published an online survey to find out if businesses and customers think the no-dog policy is needed. So far they've gotten 800 results, with about 80 percent in favor of the furry friends.
“They have some concerns about aggressive dog behavior and also about cleaning up after the dog. Overall, I think everybody’s excited about the prospect of at least doing a trial,” says Taylor.
Some business owners and pedestrians worry poor enforcement, aggressive dogs, and irresponsible owners could disrupt the walkway.
“Without some structure to the policy, I’m afraid that it would fail within a short time. I just believe that," says Mike Ellison, a pedestrian on the Commons who enjoys dogs but worries about enforcement.
If there's enough support for a change, Alliance will draft a new policy to take to council for consideration. Whether it's a trial-run or permanent, business owners say they're willing to listen.
"I think it will be a benefit to the Commons and the businesses on the Commons if people can bring their dogs here," says Wrisley.
To take the survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSBDTCV or call the Downtown Ithaca Allicance at 607-277-8679.