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.
Ron Paul Makes Campaign Stop in Ithaca
Ithaca (WENY) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul isn't done yet, and he expects to do better in New york than polls project.
His supporters came from across the state to meet the Republican presidential candidate in Ithaca. Cornell University invited the long-shot candidate to speak on campus tonight. He had lunch with some of his supporters today. Polls show Paul is outside striking distance of republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. Ron Paul says his crowds are actually growing as the race goes on, so quitting is not an option. The 77 year old Libetarian-leaning Republican says support is coming from an unlikely source - young people.
“It seems like they are very open minded and very receptive to the idea of individual liberty and individual responsibility," says Paul, “you might say why didn't you do this 10, 15, 20 years ago, well the country wasn't so poor and that’s the one thing young people have learned is the country is poor now the treasury is bare and they are bearing the burden of the debt.”
There was no shortage of young supporters at today's fundraiser. Some even brought their parents. Adam Reinhardt drove from Houghton, New York to meet Ron Paul.
“I think that social libertarianism is a big aspect young people especially they want the government off their back with things they do with their personal lives, and foreign policy is a big issue to a lot of young people we want to see peace we're tired of war," he said.
Paul says his supporters are shifting.
“Recently our crowds are starting to change a little bit it always used to be the 18- 24 year olds but no the older voters are coming out because their bringing their parents and grand parents out so that pleases us a little," Paul said.