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.
Student Goes To Cornell Through Crowd Funding
ITHACA (WENY)--- Alvaro Salas, a 27-year-old from Costa Rica, wants to dedicate his life to making a difference in his country.
His main goal is to improve access to a quality education for Costa Rican students and he plans to do that with a Master's in Public Affairs from Cornell.
"There's a lot of people that are brilliant. A lot of young guys that have all of what is needed to succeed to make a change in there communities and their neighborhoods but they don't have the opportunity to study, so for me, Cornell was a total dream.", said Salas.
For many in Costa Rica, the prospect of attending a school like Cornell may seem impossible , where the average monthly income for a middle class family can be as low as $600 a month.
However, through the internet and a powerful story, Salas was able to raise $100,000 dollars for tuition, and he was also able to bring his wife Karla and daughter Valentina from Costa Rica.
Salas raised the money through a crowd funding website, Rally.org.
Of Salas' success, Rally.org Communications Director, Nick Warshaw said, "Alvaro is really a great example of an individual who shared his story and raised money off of sharing his story. He really reached out to his friends, his family, his neighbors and reached out through online and offline events. And, brought people around and explained why he needed to go to Cornell to make an impact in Costa Rica."
Along with studying about good government practices and policy, transparency is also on the top of Salas' list, as he plans to send reports to his donors every six months so they can stay in contact.
His classmates have also been motivated by his story.
Fellow public affairs grad student, Mather Williger said, "He's persevered through it all. There were issues with his funding. There was a chance he might not have been able to come, but he got up, strapped his boots on and he made it happen. A lot of people wouldn't have done that . They would've said, "this is too much, it can't be done." But that's not the spirit that's within him, and everyday I just remember that and I try to emulate that and that's why I love him."
Salas also recieved a fellowship from the university and is set to graduate in 2014.