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.
Waterfront Project Moves Forward Without Taxpayer Money
ITHACA (WENY) -- The Cascadilla Landing development project is going up along the Cayuga Inlet near the municipal golf course.
We had originally reported taxpayer money would be be used in this project, but that was a misunderstanding between our reporter and a city official.
"There is a development team, there is an investment team," says JoAnn Cornish, director of planning and development. "And yes, to our knowledge there are no public monies being put into the project. We certainly work with developers to make it the best it can be, but at no cost to the taxpayers."
Cascadilla Landing will include a variety of housing options for about 300 families, retail space and walking trails.
Project leaders hope to get the site plans and the environmental review approved next Tuesday (08/28), which will allow developers to get building permits.
City leaders say the waterfront needs development, and this will generate more sales and property tax revenue for the community.
"This is a really wonderful opportunity for Ithaca because we don't have anything quite like this," said Cornish. "Similar to other upstate cities, we really haven't taken advantage of the waterfront. So this is really the first thing like this in the city, and we're very excited."
If all goes as planned, the first of three phases will break ground next spring.