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.
Suspect Caught in Ithaca Police Shooting
UPDATE (6:45PM) ITHACA, NY (WENY)---Police have arrested Jamel Booker in connection with the police shooting in Ithaca.
Police say Ithaca police officer Anthony Augustin was following Booker in his patrol car because Booker was behind the wheel of stolen car. Booker then made an abrupt turn, got out of a car and ran off into the woods.
The officer then chased him. Once through the woods, Booker fired a single shot, hitting Augustin in the upper chest area. The officer was wearing his bullet proof vest at the time. Augustin just got out of his second surgery and is recovering.
As for Booker, he has a long rap sheet. Earlier this year, the Ithaca man was on the run for more than nine months accused of shooting an Elmira man three times back in April 2011. And in October 2008, Booker---who was 18 at the time--was arrested on felony drugs and weapons charges.---------
UPDATE: After an overnight search, a man is in custody for shooting an Ithaca Police Officer in the West Hill area.
The Ithaca SWAT Team arrested the man suspected of shooting 5-year-veteran police officer, Anthony Augustine at 11 last night.
The suspect was taken into custody just before 5 this morning.
Officer Augustine is in surgery for his injuries.
Police say the officer was shot after trying to stop a man driving a stolen car in the West Hill area. The suspect is not being named at this time.
Anyone with any information should call 911 or the anonymous Ithaca Police Tip Line at (607) 697-0333.
The Following is a Press Release From Ithaca Police:
Ithaca, NY - At approximately 11:00 p.m. an Ithaca Police Officer attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the West Hill area of the City. The driver fled the vehicle and a short foot chase ensued. While approaching the suspect, the Officer was shot. The suspect is described as being a black male with short hair, thin build, and average height. He is wearing a gray sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack. He has a shiny diamond earring. Police are currently searching for him on ground and in the woods. Anyone with information should immediately contact the 911 Dispatch Center or the anonymous IPD Tip Line (607) 697-0333.
The Officer was conscious and alert and is being transported to a trauma center.