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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.
Ithaca Business Vs. Bridge
June 13, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - A world famous recording studio in Ithaca could be forced to move, or shut down, because of construction. Local musicians were out in front of city hall to protest, hoping the city will step up to help. Construction is under way for a new bridge in Ithaca, but the digging is creating a serious problem for the business next door. Pyramid Sound, a recording studio, has been in Ithaca for almost 40 years. Several world famous musicians have recorded their, but construction could make the building unsafe. Alex Perialas says moving isn't a option. He hopes he can work something out with the city and keep his business where it is.
“These rooms are dwindling in America you don't see them anymore many of them have changed hands five, ten and twelve times and this one has been owned by the same family since the beginning.”
Pyramid Sounds, A multi-million dollar recording studio, has seen artists like Metallica and Missy Elliot. Nearby pile-driving could make the building structurally unsound. Amy Puryear is a local musician and help organize today’s protest.
“Alex has been the rock and right, now his rock is being threatened to crumble and we're going to have to stand here with him to support him through this.”
Today local musicians protested outside Ithaca City Hall, hoping the city will slow construction in order to work out a deal that would benefit both the city and the owner Alex Perialas.
“I know people would get together to raise the money even if the city wasn’t willing to raise the money but we need some time and support from the city,” says Puryear.
Alex is doing his best to stay optimistic.
“This place will survive that’s for sure. This is a legacy space a lot of amazing music has been made in these walls inside this building,” says Alex.
Ithaca mayor Savante Myrick has been in talks with pyramid sounds to try to work out a deal to compensate Alex, but there are some thing money can't buy.