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.
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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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New Ithaca Trails Open
The mayor cuts the ribbons on two new recreation and hiking trails in Ithaca this morning.
August 3, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - The mayor cuts the ribbons on two new recreation and hiking trails in Ithaca this morning. The new york secretary of state came down from Albany to mark the occasion. Now two of three phases are finished for a trail that explores Cayuga lake from the land and water. The department of state put up a lot of the money for the trail, and Secretary Cesar Perales wanted the see it first hand.
“Think of this as community development in the truest sense. It's a little thing but its going to make all the difference in the long run to what Ithaca becomes,” says the secretary.
That little thing isn’t so small, in fact the trail is 6 miles. People can walk bike and paddle around the southern waterways of the Cayuga lakefront.
“What we're going to see is people flock to the area, take back the water we're going to see not just more tourism here in the city but we're going to see the people who actually live here in the city enjoying the water and having a better quality of life,” says Ithaca's Mayor Savante Myrick.
The state department pumped more than $80,000 to fix bridges and walkways along the trails.
“When you have a place where people want to live in that has a tremendous impact on the economy people will want to not just visit they are going to want to live here and I think that's what this trail represents,” says Perales.
The next and final phase will connect the Ithaca farmers market to the western end of Stewart park. Secretary Perales says the state will continue to invest in projects like the trail in an effort to change communities for the better.
“I think that what I am seeing here today is perhaps a prime example of what these state investments mean and the impact they can have.”
For more information on the trails go to www. Cayugawaterfronttrail.com or