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.
Memorial Remembers a Life Lost in Ithaca
June 23, 2014
ITHACA (WENY) -- People in Ithaca are trying to get back to a sense of normalcy, going back to the restaurants and shopping on the Commons. But just feet away a historic building lay in ruins right in the heart of the city.
"You really just can't prepare yourself for an 18 wheeler inside a restaurant that you're very familiar with," said Ithaca Police Department Officer Jamie Williamson.
Just two days ago, this was the scene after a tractor trailer truck crashed into the Simeon's restaurant. Injuring at least seven and claiming the life of 27-year-old Amanda Bush a bartender who was inside at the time of the accident.
For over 135 years this building has been a staple in Ithaca. It's become one of the busiest corners. Now the corner is the site of a memorial, as people gather to pay their respects to their favorite local stop and the life lost inside.
It was much calmer Sunday night compared to Friday, they placed a protective fence around the building and a memorial has been put in place for the woman who was killed. She leaves behind a 14 month old child.
"Well it's sort of like, you know, the very fragile state of mortality, right? Here today gone tomorrow. Is about what it feels like," said Tom Hirschl, a professor at Cornell University.
Tom Hirschl and his family ate at Simeon's just days before the accident. Amanda was their server.
"She was really nice to us. That was one of the first things that we thought of as soon as we heard about it was, I hope she's ok. I hope the people are ok," said Noah Hirschl, a Cornell University Alum.
They didn't realize until they saw the memorial Sunday night, that their server was the one killed in the accident.
"We just actually walked over there and found out and we looked at the photo it was pretty upsetting," said Noah. "It makes you think these little decisions that you make where you decide where you sit down and you have no control over what's going to happen."