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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.
Curiosity Lands on Mars, What Now?
What does this latest scientific adventure mean for us here back on earth?
August 7, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Right now the newest Mars rover Curiosity is sitting on the surface of the red planet a mission that took $2.5 billion and years of planning and work, but what does this latest scientific adventure mean for us here back on earth? Curiosity is a mobile science lab and with it we can learn about the Mars' past, present and future. The difference between Curiosity and other rovers on Mars, like Spirit and Opportunity, is Curiosity can do a lot more. Shoshanna Cole a PHD candidate, does research for NASA. She says Curiosity is an incredible accomplishment because it can do so much.
“This Is going to be a whole new revolution because these instruments that it has, it has so many instruments and they're so sensitive and it can tell us so much more than what we learned from Spirit and Opportunity which was amazing.”
Curiosity can take and analyze samples of rock that will tell scientists how the planet evolved. It can look at current weather conditions, and even read radiation levels, which is important for human exploration.
“To look to see if once upon a time microbes might have been able to develop on Mars and live there,” says Cole.
Jonathan Lunine an Astronomy Professor has worked on a few Mars Projects. He says Curiosity is actually the size of a small SUV and literally weighs a ton, so landing it without damaging it was really difficult.\
“There's no pilot on board so to be able to do that, to navigate in the upper atmosphere to then be able to land a one ton vehicle vehicle with just a tiny little velocity at the end was just remarkable accomplishment.”
One of the next steps in Mars exploration would be to bring rocks back home, but for now scientists are just happy with HD Photos.