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.
State Invests Millions in Ithaca Company
Ithaca (WENY) -- New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the state will invest $2.5 million from the state pension fund in Ithaca-based high tech printing company, Cognitive TPG. It's part of the In-State Equity Program, which DiNapoli says has created more than 3,000 jobs. DiNapoli says any investment carries a certain amount of risk, but this program only picks businesses with good track records and plans for growth that are committed to New York.
"I think the message is that there still are growth opportunities here in this part of the state, and we need to be looking for those great opportunities and supporting them," said DiNapoli.
"This is the kind of investment opportunity we like to see where it's a company with a strong commitment to the state," said DiNapoli. "They're not going anywhere -- they want to grow the business, and they have a strong plan to do it."
The In-State Equity Program is designed to provide investment returns consistent with the risk of private equity, and at the same time, provide more capital to New York businesses.
"It's freeing up capital for us to create more product lines, and as those lines grow, it's supporting staff, who will grow with it," said Cognitive TPG's President, Kyle Turner. "While I don't have a number for the projected long term growth, we do anticipate significant growth as we launch these new products."
DiNapoli says Sikorsky's decision to close its Big Flats plant highlights the importance of investments like this in the area.
"It's really not good news when you have a significant closing that results in job loss," said DiNapoli. "It really, though, underscores the importance of our continuing to be very serious about providing more capital for investment in companies that have a growth plan for the future."
Since the In-State Equity Program was founded in 2000, there have been 258 investments in New York companies, and they've raised nearly $4 billion in capital.