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.
Alice Trappler Found Guilty
WATKINS GLEN -- [WENY] Last Fall, Alice Trappler was accused of conspiring with her ex-husband and his step-brother to kill Daniel Bennett of Dix. After looking at an overwhelming amount of evidence-- including text messages between Trappler and the alleged triggerman--the jury sided with the prosecution. Alice Trappler is charged with 2 counts of murder and faces 25 years to life in jail.
Defense Attorney Susan BetzJitomir says a jury member told me the deciding piece of evidence didn't come from the courtroom. It was a text jurors read while pouring over court documents in jury-room. The juror wouldn't give specifics about that text message.
"He said it was nothing that was presented in court," says BetzJitomir. "He said, while we were looking for the texts and we found a text that nobody brought up and that convinced us."
The feeling in court was tense when the judge announced the jury reached a verdict. Judge Dennis Morris told audience members to leave if they thought they would cause an outburst when he read the rulings.
The jury found Alice Trappler guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of burglary, and one count of conspiracy. Trappler showed little emotion. She gave one last look to her parents and shook her head.
Family and friends of the murder victim, Daniel Bennett, could be heard sobbing.
District Attorney Joe Fazzary says they picked a very good jury who took their job very seriously.
"They went in, they looked at the exhibits, and ultimately they came to the conclusion that law enforcement and I believed they would come to after seeing all that evidence," says Fazzary. "In our minds there was no doubt that she was guilty the jury just proved that to be true."
Immediately after the verdict was read, Bennett's family and friends, some wearing shirts that honored Bennett, embraced the DA. They didn't want to talk on camera, but let us record their thoughts about coming to court every day.
Bennett's sister Alecia says, "It was hard to listen to but obviously, just was served, so it was worth it, every second was worth it."
A close family friend, January Brown came throughout the case as well. Brown says "We want to thank the investigators, the police, everybody who helped is bring this case to where it is today. None of us could be happier."
Trappler's sentencing is in July, but her defense attorney still thinks Trappler is innocent and is going to appeal.