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.
"Neighborhood Pride" Opens
For the past three years, neighbors living on Ithaca's north side had to travel across town to get their groceries from stores like Tops or Wegmans.
Ithaca (WENY) - For the past three years, neighbors living on Ithaca's north side had to travel across town to get their groceries from stores like Tops or Wegmans. Now the new "Neighborhood Pride" grocery store is bringing back good food and a sense of community.
Shoppers were pouring into the store all day today, they say the it's a symbol for their neighborhood.
“It's like a community gathering, happy people saying hello checking in and the fact that this wonderful family took the time and effort to put this thing back together,” says Neighbor Joanie Groome. “It's been a really long road and we really appreciate it.”
People poured inand out of the doors all day today, many with smiles on their faces. They're just happy a neighborhood grocery store is back within walking distance.
“It's great to have an option in the neighborhood where you can come and pick up a few things,” says Natasha Thompson. “You can walk to it and its easily accessible and its juts a good place to convene meet your neighbors and hang out so its great we're really excited about it we've been waiting for it for a long time.”
Three years to be exact. The building used to be home to a P and C Supermarket, but that closed, leaving neighbors with fewer close options. Angelo Petito is 85 years old and has lived in the neighborhood his whole life. He even built this building in the 1970's.
“Just was an exhilarating feeling that is going to make a reasonably good life for my kids and their kids and that's what I'm hoping for,” says Angelo.
Angelo decided to open this new store from the ground up despite being in his mid eighties, because he knew the community needed it.
“The people that you see in the store right now are truly the managers of the store we are trying to provide products that they are looking for,” says Angelo's son John.
The family also got a $100,000 Urban Renewal Agency grant from City of Ithaca.