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.
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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 1-877-710-6331.
State of Emergency Extended in Ithaca
ITHACA (WENY) -- The water in Cascadilla Creek is back within its banks after ice jams caused major flooding throughout Ithaca, but it's taken a lot to get there. Emergency crews worked around the clock, breaking up ice chunks and using warm treated wastewater to melt the ice.
Work is still being done today and a local state of emergency has been extended.
"We are still assessing the damage, still doing cleanup and we still have overtime crews working," said Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick.
Neighbors avoided repeat flooding as temperatures rose over the weekend-- melting more ice. What was like an ice rink in Eva Revesz's backyard last week is now a melted, slushy mess.
"I'm just really glad and grateful for the whole community pulling together," said Revesz. "We're lucky this weekend we avoided another mini crisis in our house."
Eva and her neighbors are still concerned. None of them can remember seeing Cascadilla dredged over the years they've lived here. According to the Mayor, that's scheduled to happen this Spring - thanks to $13 Million in state funds.
"We suspect that dredging our creeks and our flood control channel can only help," said Mayor Myrick. "The lower the level of sediment that's there, the more volume of water we can fit in our creeks."
Neighbors who dealt first hand with flooding last week say that's a step in the right direction.
"I'm optimistic that maybe this is the key to solving this kind of situation in the future," said Revesz.
Mayor Myrick says the city did an estimate on how much dredging all the creeks would cost. That totaled about $120 million more.