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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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.
DEC Calling for Emergency Action to Fight Hydrilla
Fighting the Spread of Hydrilla
May 21, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens is calling for emergency action to fight an infestation of Hydrilla in New york waterways. The invasive water plant kills fish and clogs boat lanes. Experts worry it will spread throughout the state and into the Great Lakes. Bob Berry and his wife live on their boat in Cayuga Lake. They've been fishing on the lake for 20 years. Bob knew about the Hydrilla problem last year and and wants to see more done this year.
“Like last year we couldn't use the boats for two days but it all depends how long it takes to treat it,” says Berry.
This year Cornell Cooperative Extension plans to use a few different formulas of a systemic herbicide to kill the plant's seeds, called tubers, that grow on the hydrilla stem.
Roxanna Johnston is the Watershed Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extenstion in Ithaca says, “All along that stem it starts to put out these little potato like fleshy structures and those multiply nearly exponentially each year if you don't treat them.”
Right now Hydrilla is only found in the lake's inlet, but if it's not controlled, it could spread as far as the great lakes.
“If not treated we expect the inlet to be completely covered within 3 to 5 years so no boating motorized or paddle boat no crews no regatta’s none of those water based events.”
And no fishing. Hydrilla can devastate an entire ECO system.
“It's pretty bad it's one of the worst if not the worst invasive plant in the world, and that’s really not an overstatement,” says Johnston.
Boater are reminded to clean anything that touches the water. Cornell Cooperative Extension will start treating the inlet for Hydrilla in June.