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.
String of Ithaca Burglaries Continues
ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- A butcher shop, a convenience store, a sailing shop and a subway.
Thieves in Ithaca hit those stores or at least tried to four times in the past three days.
On Monday, Ithaca Police arrested 23 year old Johnathan Dobbs. They say he triggered the alarm system at John's Convenience Store on West State Street while trying to break in through the front door.
While that suspect may have been caught, the question remains..
Are there others responsible for three other break- ins that happened in the city over the last two days?
"Whenever you see a spike or an increase in a certain type of crime, generally what you're looking at you're focusing on a small group or an individual," says Chief Kathy Zoner of the Cornell Police.
"These types of burglaries, they seem to be well planned out and they're getting away with it obviously and therefore it's not their first time, I'm sure," said Sheriff Kenneth Lansing of Tompkins County Sheriff's Office.
Ithaca PD, Cornell PD and Tompkins County Sheriff's Office have teamed up on the investigation.
And they say a few arrests have been made but there still work ahead.. So until they've narrowed in on the prime suspects, they are warning local businesses.
"The monies that are inside your business, you need to take them home at night," said Sheriff Lansing. "You really do. I know that it can be an inconvenience but getting burglarized is a far more inconvenience."
And that's what workers at Collegetown Wine and Spirits on College Ave does every night before closing up shop.
"One thing is you gotta give off the appearance that you don't have anything here to give anyone. So what we like to do is when we close up, all the money gets out of here and we leave all these up like that," said Denis Omanodic, worker at Collegetown Wine and Spirits. "So, if we have someone who wants to break in they can clearly see that the registers open up and chances are there's nothing in there."
If you have any information on the recent break ins call Ithaca Police at 272-9973 or Crime Stoppers at 697-0333.