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.
Ithaca Bomb Scare
A suspicious package left near a bank on the Ithaca commons sparks a bomb scare, forcing neighbors in the area to evacuate.
October 11, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - A suspicious package left near a bank on the Ithaca commons sparks a bomb scare, forcing neighbors in the area to evacuate. Police handled the situation without incident, but neighbors say they're annoyed at what they call, "a practical joke."
Around 3 o'clock this afternoon Ithaca Police received a call from someone at the Bank of America on the Ithaca Commons about a suspicious package with threatening writing on it. Police immediately closed off the Commons and evacuated everyone. The package turned out to be nothing, but for four hours the commons was closed to all traffic, including potential customers. Police said the package was thoroughly checked and it was not a bomb. With the help of the Seneca County bomb sniffing canine unit and the new york state police bomb disposal team, officials were able to dispose of the threat in a little more than four hours, but the so called "bomb" destroyed something else, a days worth of business.
“If it isn’t real then it is very annoying and is not very kind because people are losing a lot of money.”
Store owners like Hedi Brown are not happy about the impromptu half day.
“Because we're losing a lot of money. A half of day of business is just gone,” says Brown.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick agrees with Brown.
“Incredibly frustrating to have people go through this inconvenience for what now seems like to be a prank and I will juts tell people that we're going to examine any camera angle that we can get,” says Myrick. “Thankfully banks typically have great cameras so we're going to make sure that we do everything in our power to find out who did this and who caused this disruption.”
Vincent Monticello, acting Chief from the Ithaca Police Department says investigators will use all resources available to find out who left the package.
“The box has been collected as evidence and we're processing that,” says Monticello. “We want to find out who's responsible for this because it did create a big inconvenience to the business owners.”
“This has been a learning experience for us, evacuating the commons and closing it down getting the word out to all the businesses. This has showed us how we can do it better, how we can do this kind of thing faster. So we're going to go to work and improve what we can,” says Myrick.
Police are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call the Ithaca Police department at (607) 272-9973.