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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.
Jammed Ice Floods Neighborhood
ITHACA (WENY) -- As temperatures continue to plummet, concerns are rising for a Northern Ithaca neighborhood where Emergency Crews have been trying to break up jammed ice in Cascadilla Creek.
"We have an ice jam-- a big huge bulk of ice. It is not going anywhere and it's preventing the water from going down the stream and down the creek," said Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson.
The back up has caused many homes to flood. Officer Williamson said crews only have a small window to break up the ice before it gets even colder tonight.
Emergency workers waited for large excavators to arrive from Interlaken and Preble. They tried using smaller ones, but were unsuccessful.
One of the neighborhoods flooded is on Dey Street. The water's gone right into Paul Davis's basement.
"In our basement it's waist high or maybe a little deeper than that," said Davis. "We've been trying to pump it out. The fire company has come out and used one of their larger pumps to help pump it out."
Neighbors have been working together to stop things from getting worse. Some, trying to build snow blockades and barricades, like Varya Siegel, who's lived here for ten years.
"All the houses around here have to get flood insurance," said Siegel. "I've heard about this happening. Often the creek gets high, but this has never happened in the time that I've been here.
Meanwhile, Paul's furnace is completely under water. He does have electricity, and plans on using some portable heaters he just bought, for now.
"My parents have a house just a couple blocks away and they're on vacation in Puerto Rico, so we may move there for the duration," said Davis. "We'll probably have to have the furnace either repaired or replaced."
Crews are worried about the water on Dey Street and in Cascadilla Creek freezing and melting again.