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.
Ithaca Police Union Not Happy With Mayor’s Plan
ITHACA, NY (WENY) - Ithaca's mayor announced this week, he wants some changes within the police department.
Body cams, Dashboard cams, Incoming officers being required to live in the city...Just some of Mayor Svante Myrick's proposals.
On Tuesday, Ithaca's police union had its response and they're not happy.
Mayor Myrick said his plan for the department would "greatly enhance" the police force to deliver high quality services. But the Ithaca PBA says the mayor fails to see they're already doing that.
Not in line with mayor's mission and they're speaking out.
The Ithaca Police Benevolent Association released a statement today starting with these words.
"First and foremost, the Mayor fails to acknowledge that the Police Department currently does an excellent job at providing unparalleled police services to our community."
And this all comes after Mayor Myrick proposed his 'Plan for Excellence In Policing'; which is all about making over Ithaca's Police Department following an internal investigation after a White officer drew his gun at Black teenagers during a chase.
This is what the mayor had to say earlier this week
"We will create a plan for community policing that not only will get us better results in terms of fighting crime but will also build greater trust between the community and police," said Mayor Myrick.
But the PBA's feeling towards this proposal is nothing less than conflicting.
In the plan, The mayor wants a 10% increase in staffing.
The PBA says this portion is extremely misleading and IPD has seen a 13% decrease and "replacing officers that retire isn't increasing staff."
The PBA goes on to say the idea of officers using body and dashboard cams is a topic worth exploring but with insufficient staff, who would review the video?
And as for the plan to have incoming officers reside in the city because the mayor believes the police would more invested.. the PBA says "that's inaccurate and unsupported and a slap in the face."
The Ithaca PBA says they're on board with the Mayor's long time plan to open a district office on the West End and they've been looking forward to it.