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.
Cornell Sexual Assaults
thaca and Cornell university police are looking for a suspect after three girls were attacked early Sunday morning.
September 3, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Ithaca and Cornell University police are looking for a suspect after three girls were attacked early Sunday morning. All three victims report a man with a similar description and similar attack style. Students describe the areas where the attacks happened as wooded and dark. Students are being more cautious after the recent sexual assaults on Cornell's campus. Police say around 2 a.m. on Sunday, a female student was aggressively grabbed by a male while walking through a narrow pathway by Hughes Hall. Another female student reported a similar incident a little more than an hour later, after a man forced himself into her apartment. And a third female victim was raped just a half hour later near the suspension bridge near University avenue. Melanie Larkins is a junior and says she won't walk that way at night.
“It depends on the time of day, like at night, I would never go in the wooded areas or near the suspension bridge because you have to walk through the woods to get there and its not well lit so I wouldn't go there.”
Sargent Anthony Tostanoski from University police says they are doing their part by upping the number of patrols and offering rides to anyone who doesn't feel safe.
“We don't want them looking over their shoulders all the time we want them to be safe. So we're taking every step possible to ensure their safety and make sure they have a good experience here at Cornell,” says Tostanoski.
“I think they're doing their best to get the word out there by telling us where the incidents occur and what time and I think that's a way to prevent people from making the wrong decisions,” says Larkins.
University Police tell me they have some very good leads, and say the suspect in the three assaults is likely the same person.