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
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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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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.
The Reason Behind Tough Turtle
A unqiue race benefits a garden with a purpose.
April 18, 2014
ITHACA (WENY) -- Some call it Ithaca's Hidden Treasure. A giant turtle welcomes you a the gate. Creatures big and small call Ithaca Children's Garden their home. And it feels that way for the families that come here. But this park has a purpose, it's more than just another playground.
"The native people of this area have a story have a creation story that describes the beginning of the world starting on the back of a turtle. So the turtle has 13 scoots or shells on her back and those represent the 13 phases of the moon," began Erin Marteal, Executive Director of Ithaca Children's Garden.
Kids learn about nature, the life cycle, sustainability, there's even edible gardens for taste testing.
Marteal continued, "the mission of the garden is to inspire environmental stewardship and so we do that in a lot of ways. We do that through more traditional methods of plant science, how things grow, the science of life, but we also do it by creating a really enchanting magical space."
Katie Dimpfl has been bringing her seven year old son here for five years. "They feel so comfortable in this space and they really have a lot of ownership of the garden and over the labyrinth and the turtles and they really feel like this is an extension of their home," said Dimpfl.
The gardens mission is to engage kids. They can play. They can crawl and find their way through tough situations. They can get a little lost. And they can get a little dirty but it's ok with Mom and Dad.
"There aren't a lot of places where kids can jump into nature and be part of it and get pieces of straw in their hair and build stuff and really kind of use natural materials to make the world what they want it to be," said Yamila Fournier, a site coordinator and visitor to the garden.
This newly built anarchy zone, where kids are encouraged to get dirty, is a one of kind idea that can only be found in Ithaca's Children Garden.
"It shows the value of play and allows a space for kids and their families to come and really support children and their right to design and direct their own play," said Marteal.
Becca Jablonski and her daughter Lila have been coming here since the summer. Becca said, "we didn't have our own garden this year since we moved here in August and it has really been fun to bring Lila down and let her pick things from the garden and you know even know just that it's spring I can see the difference in the things she notices here. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing that Ithaca does."
And because it's called Ithaca children's Garden doesn't mean it's just for kids.
The only requirement is you're young at heart.
Fournier added, "it's a magical place, it's a wonderful place. Any place that can kind of give us that spirit of, that kind of childhood freedom, I think is a wonderful place to be in."
In Ithaca, Kellie Meyer, WENY News.