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.
Changes In Ithaca Police Dept. After Internal Investigation
ITHACA, NY (WENY) - Earlier this month we reported about an incident on August 10th, when white Ithaca Police Officer, Sgt John Norman, who was in plainclothes in an unmarked car drew his gun while attempting to stop black teenagers on Cleveland Avenue in the city.
This incident raised concerns from the black community and prompted an internal investigation from the city.
The city found no race-based motivation and the officer did not violate police policy.
But even with no break in policy, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has decided to make big changes to the police force.
In an email, Mayor Myrick talks about the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri and how a long history of violence and mistrust between Ithaca Police and the black community is "understandable."
So now after a two week long investigation, the Police Department may undergo a complete internal makeover.
Change after controversy over the police chase of black teenagers in Ithaca.
A little after midnight on August 10th, Sgt John Norman, a white officer in plainclothes in an unmarked vehicle was investigating a vehicle arson when he saw individuals fleeing from the scene of the fire on bikes.
When Sergeant Norman caught up to the individuals he ordered them to stop several times.
And as he exited his car, police reports state, the teenagers began to walk towards him.
He then drew his weapon, held it in a down position and ordered them to the ground.
But the timing of this incident, just one day after Ferguson teen, Michael Brown was gunned down by police, had parents of those teenagers concerned about the Police Department's tactics... which led to an internal investigation..
And now the mayor wants to make these changes:
- Require All Ithaca Police officers to wear a body camera and use dashboard cams.
- Require All new officers entering the force to reside in the city
- The mayor wants a Community Action Team that works to improve community outreach.
And the police department will be opening a district office on the west end, they say, to give the community better access.