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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
ReEntry Theatre Program Performs Friday And Saturday
ITHACA (WENY)-- The Civic Ensemble in Ithaca is giving ex-convicts a chance to tell their story. The re-entry theater program is an 8 week program for formerly incarcerated people to write a play about their past.
Each person in the group has the chance to write their own script about their own life. Each story is collaborated together to create one big performance. This gives former inmates the opportunity to not only show off their creative side, but to learn everything there is to know about theater. After working hard for a couple months, the curtain is finally ready to go up. Working together, these actors will show the world that even those with a bad past can still have a bright future.
"We'd like to send a message that people who re-enter back in society, they have real ambitions in life, and they have real goals," says Kahlil Bey, and actor and playwright for the re-entry theater program.
"I think that self-esteem is a great issue to uplift the formerly incarcerated individuals, have them see a sense of worth. I think that's really important," Bey explains.
Their first performance was Friday night, and they have another one Saturday night at 7:30 at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. The admission is free, but they are asking for donations to help keep the re-entry theater program running.