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.
Local Auto Body Shop Robbed
Guidi’s Collision Services was broken into overnight Tuesday, the only thing taken was a safe with about $30,000 inside.
June 4, 2014
NEWFIELD (WENY) -- "That's never happened before. I've never been robbed before, so it's that heart sinking feeling."
That was Carmen Guidi's reaction after hearing his auto body shop was broken into. Guidi's Collision Services on Route 13 in Newfield was robbed late Tuesday night. The person broke through a small window in the garage door and took only one thing - a safe - with $30,000 locked inside.
"I had a funny suspicion on my way down that the safe was going to be gone and it was," added Guidi.
Carmen is not only is the owner of the auto body shop, but a major advocate for the homeless, helping countless people get out of Ithaca's homeless encampment known as the Jungle. He built these cottages behind his shop for them to live in. He says that's what some of stolen cash was for.
"It is sickening. When I heard that I thought no. How? They need to find this guy and find him quick," said Billy Klemon, someone that Carmen helped get out of the Jungle after Billy lived there off and on for 10 years.
He says he can't believe how this can happen to someone who has done nothing but help others.
"You gotta have somebody you can trust. Carmen he opens his arms to people and its just sickening that somebody can...it's an inside job somebody had to know where it was at," added Klemon.
Despite the fact someone broke into this business, Carmen's most worried about the impact on those he's dedicated to helping.
Carmen said, "it's not about me, it's not about my money, it's about helping these guys that we've been trying to help."
The Guidi family is offering a thousand dollar reward for the return of the safe with the money inside. Anyone with information can contact Carmen directly at 607-227-6268.