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 Jungle Death
NEWFIELD (WENY) -- Just a few days ago, Rick Sherman told Carmen Guidi he would help him with his latest project: building cottages for homeless men. They're called second wind cottages, and they'll give men dealing with things like alcohol or drug addictions a second chance at life.
"Life isn't easy," said Carmen Guidi. "People deal with life in different ways. Some people turn to alcohol, some people turn to drugs, some people turn to eating, some people turn to other things. Life's not easy and we have to deal with it the best we can."
Sherman lived in Ithaca's homeless camp known as "The Jungle" on and off for years regardless of the weather.
"When you get right down to it, they don't want to live like that," said Guidi. "He has a little Coleman stove in there to keep warm. I would imagine he was sitting or taking a nap, I don't know something happened, whether it tipped over."
Police are still investigating what happened. Sherman's tent went up in flames, and he was severely burned.
An employee from Cayuga Lumber tried to put the fire on his clothing out with snow. But Sherman died Thursday Afternoon from his injuries.
"If [the cottages] had been here, this is where he would have come and I think Rick would have been alive today," said Guidi.
Second wind cottages are being built by volunteers and the supplies are being donated. If you'd like to help there's more information at this link: http://secondwindcottages.org/