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.
Dangerous Gorge Jumping
It’s a tragic story we hear every summer, someone badly hurt or killed jumping into the gorges in Ithaca.
July 16, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - It's a tragic story we hear every summer, someone badly hurt or killed jumping into the gorges in Ithaca. First responders, and tax payers are also paying the price. Locals tell me it's about a 20 foot jump, and call it a popular starting point, but the 20 year old student hurt this weekend jumped from much higher. In ithaca, Jumping is as popular summertime activity.
“Hanging out with my friends its something that we all do together go for a swim and then maybe jump once or twice,” says one Jumper.
Spots like First Dam in Ithaca have become more popular for its beauty, for its thrill, but also for making Youtube videos. Jumpers say they have seen a spike in out of towners over the past 3 years.
“Everybody knows that its here and its just people are going to come and have fun and no matter what the law says people are going to do what they want,” says the anonymous jumper.
Ithaca fire chief Tom Parsons deals with rescues every summer.
“There are no designated swimming areas and it is illegal to be swimming. There should be no jumping into the gorges especially this time of year the water level is down its pretty dry,”
On Saturday, a 20 year old jumper had to be air lifted to Robert Packer Hospital with heads and facial injuries.
“If they do get hurt or injured it takes a lot out of the community safety pool to rescue them and it takes away people that may be needed in other places to provide safety and care.”
Chuck Baker, Cheif Operator for Water Treatment plant says jumping has been going on for decades and it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon.
“People are younger they think their invincible, they like to do certain things we've all been there but the more we try to educate them the better of we are at avoiding one of those.”
There are gorge rangers that patrol jumping areas. If you are caught you can be charged for trespassing or for violating city rules.