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.
Race for the Space Ends
Winners get one year free rent to help start their business
June 1, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Two local businesses in Ithaca win free rent for a year,placing first in the Race for the space, a first of it's kind incentive program in New York State. It's an effort to bring property owners and entrepreneurs together to expand business in downtown Ithaca. The winners were chosen from 28 different business ideas submitted to Ithaca downtown alliance. Each grand prize finalist wins the free rent for a year, a year of free advertising, graphic designing and marketing help. Everything owners need to get a business going. Soon the old Ithaca Journal building will be transformed into "Life's So Sweet" chocolate shop. It'll be the second location for Darlynne Overbaug, who owns a shop in Trumansburg. Today, her business model was one of 2 grand prize winners in a race for the space.
“I feel like my business is my family and to grow it into the Ithaca area to bring back the tradition of candy making to work with john to revitalize a space that's exciting.”
Darlynne's shop was selected from 28 others business models in the competition. Hedi Brown and Olivia Royale's business, Art and Found, was also selected. They plan to sell Eco-friendly clothing and art work.
“It's definitely a blessing we've been working toward this goal for years and to just have the town support and it really means a lot to us,” says Royale.
Both stores won a year's worth of rent from the property owners like John Guttrid, are willing to give up the money for the long term benefits.
“Our hope is that this is the beginning of a much longer relationship and that the year of rent will disappear over the 20 years of the relationship that we forge with life so sweet.”
Life's So Sweet is scheduled to open in late fall. Art and Found still needs to raise $10,000.
Go to www.Indiegogo.com to donate.