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.
Bath Salts a Problem in Ithaca
Police Raid Sheds Light on Issue
Ithaca (WENY) - Police in Ithaca and around the state continue to fight the growing problem of bath salts. Some Local businesses and people are taking things into their own hands to try and keep the dangerous substance out of their town. The movement comes after police seized more than $45,000 worth of the bath salts on Friday. Investigators took more than 1700 packages from "3D light" a head shop in the Ithaca commons after an under cover investigation. The people I talked to today say Bath salts are a serious problem in the area. They are working together to bring awareness to the issue.
Alyssa Perison knows how dangerous bath salts are. She used the synthetic drug for a long time, and ended up in the hospital.
“I went to the ER and had 2two abnormal EKG's I've never had a heart problem in my life and I had two abnormal EKG's and that was pretty terrifying.”
Scared that what happened to her could happen to someone else, she decided to do something about it. She put together a petition to get police to investigate 3D Light, a shop on the Ithaca commons that sold bath salts. Her work paid off.
Police raided store last week for selling bath salts but right across the way another store Jabberwock started a Facebook group against bath salts. The Facebook Group H.A.T.S. or “Headshops against Tweeker Salts” is to create awareness of what some say is a serious problem. Christina Nickerson the woman who created it was happy to hear about last week's bust.
“I was ecstatic but I don't want anything bad to happen to any of the stores here on the commons but I feel like anyone that’s selling that is distributing harm.”
Anyone with information about the sale of bath salts can call their local police. In Ithaca, the number is 697-0333.