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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.
NYSEG Pipeline Has Tompkins Co Residents Concerned
FREEVILLE, NY (WENY) - NYSEG is getting some pressure from people in Tompkins County who want answers about a pipeline project that would run through Lansing and Dryden.
"No need for new gas. No need for new gas. No need for new gas."
This was the stance of many but not all at the NYSEG open forum at Freeville Fire station.
But all were looking for answers about the 7 mile, 10 inch pipeline that would run along West Dryden and Farrell roads.
Wondering how this will help or about the possible dangers.
"There are potential risks," said Joanne Cipolla- Dennis, who is against the gas pipeline. "And if we don't want to take that risk.. A land owner or homeowner. Or someone who actually rents."
And some feel they haven't been told everything.
"The first information we received about an easement is they were going to require a 100 ft easement for the pipeline," said Deborah Cipolla - Dennis, West Dryden resident. "And tonight they are saying they would only require a 15 ft easement. That's a huge significant difference."
And requiring those legal documents from landowners is NYSEG's first step.
The utility says natural gas distribution in the Ithaca area is at capacity, so it's time for an upgrade.
But even if NYSEG doesn't get landowners permission, it could legally go on with the project.
"It's really premature, I think to talk about eminent domain at this point," said Clayton Ellis, Manager of Public Affairs at NYSEG. "We believe it could be used for this project but we really want to work with the property owners to obtain the easements."
NYSEG says this project, would offer natural gas to those who want it.
"Natural gas is clean, it's economical, much less expensive at this point than propane or any other heating fuel," said Ellis.
And that's just what some residents are looking for.
"It says that the state could be all renewable by 2035... Ok that's still 20 years away," said Michael Sigler, Tompkins County Legislator. "In the meantime we should be making the switch to natural gas.
Now, If NYSEG gets the go ahead from landowners, construction would begin in Spring 2015.