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.
Hydrilla Treatment Starts
Treatment starts to rid the Cayuga inlet of a plant that could choke out the entire ecosystem.
June 26, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Treatment starts in an effort rid the Cayuga inlet of a plant that could choke out the entire ecosystem. If it keeps spreading, the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes would be at risk. As the lakes go, so goes business in the region. So it's imperative to contain the Hydrilla invasion to the inlet, then kill it off completely. The sound of fan boats going up and down the Cayuga Inlet is exactly what Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick wants to hear.
“This is ground zero of this Hydrilla infestation. If we don't control it here, it will get into Cayuga Lake. If it gets into Cayuga Lake then it could get into the canal system into all of the other Finger Lakes and god forbid the Great Lakes.”
Its green, its dangerous, and it can destroy an entire community. No Its not Godzilla; but Hydrilla, and today treatment started to fight the plant in the Cayuga Inlet.
Roxanna Johnston the City's Watershed Coordinator says today is important for the long run.
“We caught this early most people don't catch these infestations this early we have a really good shot of being successful so far so good.”
The city is using a little over a million dollars in state and federal funding to battle the plant. Finding it at the right time
“Its a multi-year process if you give up or lose enthusiasm five years down the path, its almost like you wasted all that effort because Hydrilla can just take over,” says Johnston.
“Boaters know better than anyone what will happen if this plant get out of control in our inlet. It's not about shutting down the inlet for one day, if we don't control this plant its going to hinder boating in the inlet forever,” says Myrick.
Boaters should be allowed back in the inlet by Thursday. The city will continuously monitor infected areas.