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.
Fire Safety And Prevention
ITHACA---(WENY) An Ithaca family is lucky to be alive after a kitchen fire broke out in their North Geneva Street Home just after 3am, Tuesday morning.
Ithaca City Fire Lieutenent Thomas Basher said, "Occupants were alerted to a fire in their home, they smelled smoke in the house. They went downstairs to find their kitchen on fire."
All too often stories such as this end in tragedy. Just last week, a man lost his life when a fire overtook his second floor apartment in Bath.
The family living at the home on North Geneva Street did not have a working smoke detector at the time the fire broke out.
They may be the exception to the rule, but their story serves as a reminder to everyone that such a simple device could mean the difference between life and death.
Fire Lieutenent Basher advises, "The safest thing you can do for you and your family is have a working smoke detector in your home, one on each floor, one outside the bedrooms. Battery, hardwire, photoelectric, ionization.... Get a smoke detector, that's gonna make a big difference in saving your life."
And suppose you already have a smoke detector in your home, but aren't sure if the batteries are still good, testing your device only takes a matter of seconds.
To check your smoke dector, Fire Lietenent Basher says, "Push the button on it, hold it down, it should beep, release it. And that'll let you know it's working properly. When the battery is low, it'll chirp every 20 seconds or so, and that'll let you know it's time to change the battery."
In addition to having a working smoke detector, taking preventative measures are just as important.
Fire Lieutenent Basher says, "Keeping your house clean, keeping exit ways clear, keeping working smoke detectors in the home, keeping carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Doing everything you can to keep your family safe, we don't need to come out and help you, but if you do have a problem, we'll be there for you."