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.
Cleaning up the Jungle
One man is helping the homless that live in Ithaca’s Jungle
Ithaca (WENY) - One man is going into Ithaca's Jungle to help the homeless people who live there. He's recruiting others to help clean up the trash and help make it safer for the people living there. Ithaca's secluded encampment for the homeless, known as the jungle, will be a little cleaner by this time tomorrow. The day of cleaning starts early in the morning. Carmen Guidi says there's more than 100 years worth of trash scattered all over the jungle. Tomorrow he wants to start to turn the area around. He started going down to the secluded area behind Wegmans known as the Jungle with nothing but some pizza.
“I went to Pugies pizza ordered six large pizzas and came down here and hollered out anybody hungry, and ill tell you what they welcomed me with open arms.”
Over his time here Carmen made a lot of friends one friend was named Dan. Dan lived in this spot for eight years, he also died in the jungle. He hung himself in this tree because he said he couldn't take it anymore.
“When he took his life I was away one week and he took his life I don't think he thought there was any hope of getting out of here but there is,” says Guidi.
Touched by the loss of his friend, Carmen is doing everything he can to improve the quality of life in the Jungle. e got a dumpster, and recruited people from local businesses and churches. Tomorrow, they'll start picking up trash that has accumulated over the years
“A lot of these guys don't have any other choice but to live here its not like they want to be here some of them work and they come home and they get so depressed because they come home to all this junk and they have been trying to clean it up little bit by little bit, but its just an insurmountable task.”
Richard Sherman has been living in the jungle for more than 6 years. He's happy someone is there to lend a hand.
“It's a big thing to me, I mean sometimes its hard to get help.”
Volunteers will meet at Warehouse carpet on Cecil Malone Dr. at 8:30 A.M. Saturday May 5th.