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.
Ithaca Not For Profit Center Opens Just Because
September 30, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) Just over a year ago, Judy Dietz passed away from ovarian cancer. She was just 58 years old. Now her memory lives on here. A center for not-for-profit organizations throughout Ithaca. Something that was a passion for Judy.
"I think it's something she really would have liked. So I just take solace in that, that she's someplace looking at this going good job," said Jerry Dietz, Judy's husband and managing director at Just Because Not-for-profit Development Center.
"When tragedy happens you have two choices. You can shut down or you can build and he built," said Jerry and Judy's only son, Robert. "I'm really here today to speak as much as I can on behalf of my mother to my father and just say how proud I am of you."
And boy, did he build. Her husband, Jerry, came up with the idea and calling it, 'Just Because', after a party they had for Judy before she passed. A just because party. Now the building houses five not-for-profit organizations. The first time many of these programs have a space of their own.
"We discover new ways to build community everyday, just as Judy imagined," said Joey Steinhagen, Assistant Director with Running to Places.
Art Pearce, Treasurer with Friendship Donations Network said, "I think she'd be very very happy to see all of this. In fact she's probably aware of it."
And although Judy isn't there, her memory lives on in the center.
"She said to me, she goes, you know, there's no way that you should stop living. You can't stop living when I pass away. Because if that happens the cancer would have killed two people and that's just not right. So this is what happened.
I guess you just put your energy into this. You make something good happen," Jerry said.
Jerry says every year they plan to hold a Just Because party and will pick a different local organization every year to receive the proceeds, All for Judy.