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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.
Rural Broadband Issue in Tompkins County
Tomkins County Needs Internet
May 9, 2012
Tompkins County (WENY) - Some Tompkins county neighbors are still living without a 21st century technology, and legislators believe its a county-wide issue. The internet is almost required these days to do business and communicate.
But believe it or not, there's a large group of people without access to broadband internet. As of September of last year more than 4,700 Tompkins County households were without broadband internet access, and county legislators are trying to change that.
“I have to rely on dial up and dial up is not really adequate for a professional activity.”
Robert Lynch works for a company that designs radio stations. That company will close in November forcing him to move his business home. If the county can get broadband internet to rural areas like Enfield it will it will help Robert keep his business.
“That means a business can continue that means a business can start that means a business will be able to stay in the area rather than go elsewhere,” says Robert.
The Tompkins County broadband committee has come up with a solution. It's called a fixed wireless system and it uses microwaves to broadcast signals to homes.
Gary Reinbolt presented the idea today to local Newfield neighbors.
“Anyone within three to five miles could put a simple antenna on their roof to pick up this signal its not complicated its a technology that's been used for years and its very reliable.”
This technology would cost the county around 2 million dollars to build. A business plan must be presented to Legislators before any action is taken. But broadband access for rural towns can only help Tompkins county grow.
Pat Pryor is the Broadband committee chair for the county.
“The county is connected those of us who live in the more rural areas are connected to the ones who live in more urban areas, so whats good for the rural area is good for the county as a whole county.”
The committee plans to conduct a county wide survey by phone to find out who has broadband internet and who doesn’t. The results from the survey will help the county decide weather to go forward with the project.