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.
Clearing the Jungle
Two weeks before Christmas 2012, Carmen Guidi of Newfield bought eight mobile homes and helped the people living in the Jungle move out, before it got too cold.
Ithaca (WENY) - Two weeks before Christmas 2012, Carmen Guidi of Newfield bought eight mobile homes and helped the people living in the Jungle move out, before it got too cold. His effort isn't going unnoticed but he says he needs more help. Carmen Guidi has done a lot on his own including spending more than $30,000 of his own money, but he says he's not helping the homeless, he's helping his friends.
The patch of land in Ithaca behind Wegmans, covered with snow and garbage, in between the train tracks and the river is known as the Jungle.
“You get to a point in your life where you get so low there's no way out and sometimes all it takes is for someone who cares for you to reach out their hand and they latch on,” says Guidi.
Carmen used his own money to buy eight trailers, put them at his home and business, then moved his friends out of the Jungle.
“There was no where else, housing in Ithaca is very difficult so there was just no where else,” says Carmen.
Barry Segal, who renovated the house at 717 Court Street, says the Syracuse Rescue mission will help run it.
“I knew from being a drug counselor I knew that I had to make it nice so when guys came to this place they felt like they were in a home and not just some sort of institutional building. I wasn't going to be a slum lord I was going to make something nice for them,” says Segal.
Both Barry and Carmen just want to make a difference.
“I know that there is a lot of love here and people can't help but feel the love that's gone into this building people are going to walk into a home maybe for the first time or maybe its been a long time,” says Barry.
Carmen says he will build more homes on the property behind his business on Route 13. When I asked him how people can help, he said simply "step up".
“The next time you see someone on a street corner flying a sign that says “Homeless please help”, the 5 bucks is not going to help them. Pull your car over get out ask them who they are and get to know them. They're people, they're somebody’s son brother or father,” says Carmen.
Barry will soon be finished renovating the house on Court Street, and people from the rescue mission will open it in two weeks.