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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.
Ithaca Heroin Use
ITHACA---(WENY) Drug addiction is problem that's all too common in many towns and cities across America. It's something that not only takes a physical toll, but has the power to destroy lives and rip families apart.
One drug in particular, Heroin, has been a problem for many cities across the country, but here in the Twin Tiers, the numbers of heroin users seems to be picking up.
It's so bad, it has been called a public health crisis in Pennsylvania where 22 heroin related deaths were reported Just last week.
And, according to Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson, it's been a growing problem for them too. He says, "One of the biggest increases in drug abuse that we have seen in about four to five years, has been the abuse of heroine." According to Officer Williamson heroin use is most prevalent on the East Side of the city.
The problem is so bad that the City of Ithaca has implemented a needle exchange program, where anyone can enroll to get clean supplies and keep dirty needles off the streets.
It's a dangerous habit that can not only wreak havoc on your health, but land you in a lot of trouble.
Officer Williamson says, "You can be arrested, sentenced to several years in jail for just possessing just a very, very small amount of heroin. And that speaks volumes to the courts and the government's view point to just how dangerous heroine is."
To help alleviate the problem, the National Institutes of health have implemented National Drug Fact Week to deter kids and teens from ever picking up the habit.
Officer Williamson says, "We want people understand that drugs are illegal for a reason. They impact you in so many ways that you probably don't even realize right now, but you will very quickly see as soon as the drugs begin to take a hold of you and dictate the things that you do."
For more information on National Drug Facts Week, visit:http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/public-education-projects/national-drug-facts-week