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.
Tompkins County Broadband Plan
In Tompkins County, there are more than 2,000 people that do not have access to high speed internet, and county leaders say that needs to change.
October 8, 2012
Tompkins County (WENY) - In Tompkins County, there are more than 2,000 people that do not have access to high speed internet, and county leaders say that needs to change. The Tompkins County Legislature has applied for $3 million of state money that will go towards building a basic infrastructure for broadband. Right now it doesn't make business sense for a private company to build the infrastructure for these rural homes. The grant money would be used in a private-public partnership. Tompkins county legislator Nate Shinagawa is currently campaigning for Congress, but for the past two years he's been fighting to get people internet in Tompkins county.
“I think this is a great example of public and private partnership where the government is working with the private sector to do something that's important for the community like laying this critical infrastructure down,” says Shinagawa. “You can live without internet but when your living you're left behind because so much of what we get on the media these days and being able to shop online and start a small business and sell your goods to the entire world. You need broadband internet technology to do that.”
Chairman of the Special Committee on Broadband Pat Pryor says it comes down to basic supply and demand. A phone company wont spend the money to install the system if they won't break even on their investment.
“The risk of installing the system, and there aren't enough potential customers within a short distance to give them the kind of return on investment that their business requires,” says Pryor.
The legislature has enlisted the help of Clarity Connect. Clarity needs $3 million to build basic infrastructure for 98 percent of the people that currently don't have high speed access. The company is also aiming to teach people how to use the internet as well.
“Once you have access available people need to have the tools they need the skills they need in order to use the digital access. There needs to be digital literacy so to speak,” says Pryor.
The grant application is part of the Regional Economic Development Council's proposal to the state.