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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.
Screening Brings Ithaca Community Together
June 23, 2014
ITHACA (WENY) -- Dozens of people filled the seats at Cinemapolis Sunday night to support Ithacan Emma Frisch, a finalist on the popular show, 'Food Network Star'.
Cinemapolis has been hosting live screenings each week, but this weeks came just two days after the horrific accident, when a tractor trailer crashed into Simeons restaurant, just around the corner from the theater.
Brett Bossard, Executive Director at Cinemapolis said, "all the emergency vehicles had to run right past us to get to the scene of the accident so it's been
something that's been affecting us all weekend."
An Ithaca staple, Simeon's Restaurant was left in ruins, a building over 135 years old. And a memorial was set up outside for 27-year-old Amanda Bush, a bartender at the restaurant, who was killed in the accident.
"Starting at 6:30 A.M.this morning when I went to pick up a box of papers from my office there was just such an outpouring of genuine emotion from the community. And the kind of leadership we see in the community not only from the Mayor but from Emma Frisch is really amazing and it's really lifted peoples spirits," said Jeff Bercuvitz, President of Sparks Center for Leadership and a member of Sunday night's audience.
Little did the Food Network Star know, that her event would give a community, just what they needed. A chance to smile again.
"It's been a really hard weekend. I think people really have been thinking a lot about what happened at Simeon's and this has been a great way for people to come together and laugh and sort of rediscover this joy," said Frisch.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick was also at the screening. Reflecting on how the community came together not only at the event, but all weekend.
"The moral support means so much not just to the first responders and the city employees but to the family of the victims. I mean, it shows we live in a place worth living in," said Myrick.
As the night came to a close, the Food Network Star found out she would be moving on to next week's challenge.
And the Ithaca community will be doing the same. Moving forward, together.