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.
Fallen Officer Honored In Ithaca
ITHACA (WENY) -- The Ithaca Police Department gathered today to honor and remember an officer killed in the line of duty.
Investigator Michael Padula was killed in 1996 after serving in the I-P-D for 18 years.
The Badge of Honor Association held a memorial service for him, where a sign hangs in his honor where his life ended.
"Enough with the tragedy, let's start thinking about him in life," said Retired Ithaca Police Department Investigator, Brian Robison.
When Investigator Mike Padula responded to a call on November 17th, 1996, he didn't know it would be his last.
He died after being stabbed in the neck by a mentally disturbed woman on West State Street.
But almost 18 years later, his memory and legacy lives on with those he left behind.
"I remember his smile," said Robison. "He was always smiling. Even when things weren't great for him."
Just Move on and Let it go. Officers remembered Padula's wise words.
His partner Bill Finnerty, remembered the good times.
"I think about him almost everyday, if you can believe it," said Finnerty. "His badge was 1-0-6 and if I look at the digital clock and it says 1-0-6, I immediately think of him. It's crazy."
Finnerty says Talking baseball, after work plans and lots of laughing was an everyday patrol with Padula.
They were partners for nearly a decade.
"In the business, at that time, He was easily my best friend," said Finnerty. "He was not only a partner and colleague. He was my friend."
The Badge of Honor Association organized today's ceremony.
They've honored numerous officers killed in the line of duty around the state since 2007.
"You can never not honor. You can honor a officer as much as possible," said Jim Collins, President of the Badge of Honor Association. "Especially if one loses his life in the line of duty."
Michael Padula's Memorial Sign will be a constant reminder of what he did for Ithaca.
"When you go by there, think of what he, the sacrifice he made for all of us," said Finnerty. "For my family, your family. The people of Ithaca."
Officers say overtime the building may fall and the sign may fade but the memory of officer Padula will always be in their hearts.