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.
Sen. Gillibrand’s American Opportunity Agenda
ITHACA (WENY) -- Change is on the Agenda for Senator Kirsten Gillbrand. The Senator unveiled the American Opportunity Agenda, offereing five overdue solutions to help the middle class and women.
"If you looked at a block with ten houses on it in the 1950's or 60's, on that block, roughly 8 out of 10 families you'd have the dad going to work and the mom staying home. Today, that block looks very different," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Ithaca College Monday afternoon.
The Senator went on to explain what changes have taken place over the past 50 years.
"5 out of those 10 homes are dual income families, 3 out of those homes are single mothers, and only in 2 do you have one worker going to work and one caregiver staying home," said Senator Gillibrand.
Tompkins County Legislator, Jim Dennis was pleased with the Senator's speech, overall. However, he'd like to see more attention paid to educational research
"I'm old enough to know from the 60's when people were fighting for the ERA which is the equal rights amendment, and in 2014 we're still talking about the same things," said Legislator Dennis.
Furthermore, the Senator says some things like unequal pay for equal work have gone on for far too long. Pointing out women earn about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Ithaca COllege Senior, Brie Farringer is looking into graduate schools. She knows what her future could hold and what the trend has been for generations.
"In the careers I'm looking into, that equal pay would make an enormous difference in what I'm looking to bring home at the end of the day," said Faringer.
Senator Gillibrand's plan also calls for paid family and medical leave, affordable high quality child care, universal pre-k and a minumum wage hike. Under her plan minimum wage would increase to $10.10 over three years.
"For millions of American families, it feels no matter what they do, how hard they work, everything is working against them," said Senator Gillibrand. "Contrary to the American value that we reward hard work in this country; the real value of workers wages is actually on the decline."
The President also spoke of a similar increase in his State of the Union speech last week. But for some, the Senator and President's plan still aren't enough.
"Here in Tompkins County, we have a $12.62 living wage. A living wage is what we should be offering instead of a minimum wage," said Maura Stephens. "It means what you can live off of reasonably in a community."
The Senator says her plan would strengthen the middle class and increase economic growth. Meantime, opponents say an increase to minimum wage would also increase the cost of living.