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.
New Businesses In The Ithaca Commons
Ithaca (WENY) -- There were a few ribbon cutting ceremonies this morning to welcome three businesses to the Ithaca Commons. Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Mayor Svante Myrick were at the Commons today to officially welcome The Center Café, The Art & Found and Petrunia.
The Art & Found shop is the grand prize winner of Downtown Ithaca's Race For The Space Competition. The women's fashion boutique offers sustainable and ethically-produced clothing and accessories.
The Center Café is run by an Ithaca native and 25-year restaurant industry veteran, specializing in American cuisine at reasonable prices.
And the vintage clothing store Petrunia has actually been around for a few years, but they're now offering a new fashion line inspired by 1940s and 50s style dresses.
"The eco-fashion scene hasn't really come to Ithaca yet," said Olivia Royale, co-owner of The Art & Found. "But it's a very progressive town, so we're being received very warmly and positively."
"It's a very good opportunity, really nice location and everything," added Terry Little, owner of The Center Café. "It's in the middle of Ithaca, right in the center of the Commons, so you can't beat it."