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.
State of Emergency in Ithaca
ITHACA (WENY) -- Things look a lot different on Dey Street today, compared to yesterday. For one, cars can actually get by after water flooded the street due to an ice jam in Cascadilla Creek.
Many families were left with little choice, but to leave their homes after water started seeping into their homes.
"I came back at about 10 in the evening and it was nothing but sheer ice," said Brian Wilson.
His furnace works after some water damage, unlike his neighbor Paul Davis, who had waist-high water in his basement yesterday. The clean up is going to be extensive for many.
That's why JP Vico, owner of Circus Truck is lending a helping hand, giving neighbors impacted by flooding free hot meals.
"I mean this thing's here because it has community support," said Vico. "Sometimes you do things that are nice to try and help other people out."
He said he would help people his neighbors out tomorrow too.
Ice chunks on Cascadilla Creek are still a concern today. Crews were still on scene trying to clear the creek. They cleared the jammed ice around 8:00 Monday night, but more ice formed overnight.
Dey street is clear; however, additional jams caused flooding on First Street, Monroe Street, Madison Street, and Hancock Street.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has declared a local State of Emergency for the purpose of securing outside resources, if needed.
"We hope that at this point we have enough ice removed that will cause a relief channel to be developed, so the water has some place to go," said Cliff Murphy, Ithaca Street Supervisor.
And for people like Brian Wilson this weekend's warmer temperatures bring even bigger concerns.
"My back yard is pure ice right now," said Wilson. "There's no where for it to go when it melts except in our basements again."
Most of the people living on Dey Street have heat once again. Plumbers were at a few houses as well. People are trying to get things back to normal and prepare as best as they can.
The cityu has been in contact with the National Weather Service to prepare for the warm up and rain to come this weekend.
According to the Mayor:
The 100-300 Blocks of First Street are closed to traffic and parking is prohibited until further notice
The following blocks are open but parking is prohibited until further notice
- 400 Block of Adams Street
- 100-200 Blocks of Madison Street
- 200-600 Blocks of Willow Avenue