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.
Rescue Mission Shelter Opens in Ithaca
ITHACA (WENY)-- It's been a very long and brutal winter and there are many people who don't have a place to keep warm.
The Rescue Mission in Ithaca had their grand opening today. It's giving people a second chance and a place to live.
"I hope that we can ultimately, celebrate more and more people moving out of homelessness," says Alan Thornton, CEO of Rescue Mission Alliance. "Finding employment, finding houses and getting the help they need to live a full life."
Shelter workers, the mayor of Ithaca, and its residents cut the ribbon, making it official.
The building used to house the American Red Cross.
"The Red Cross did a wonderful job but the rescue mission has a more intense purpose and a broader appeal," says Svante Myrick, Ithaca's mayor.
Since the Rescue Mission opened on March 1st, 18 people have been placed into permanent housing and half a dozen people have found jobs.
"From a mission standpoint, we share hope that your life doesnt have to be determined that you're homeless at this point in time," says Thornton. "And that we are serious about ending hunger and homelessness."
The shelter has 15 single room for people at night and food and shelter for many during the day.
"I had nowhere to go and they gave me a place to stay," says Angelo Baez, a resident of the Rescue Mission Shelter.
Baez has been living in the shelter for three weeks with his two sons. He says the workers have been a tremendous help.
"They are really nice people, friendly people, and without them I don't know where I would be," says Baez.
He's taking each day step by step but he's happy to be off the streets, and thankful for a roof over his head.
"They know I love them and we're going to make it, it's just going to take time. Thanks to a place like this, it gave us a roof over our head," says Baez.