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.
Newfield Foot Chase
UPDATE: Officials tell WENY News that they tried to pull Whyte over for a parole violation in the parking lot of an Ithaca apartment complex, on Floral Avenue. Whyte failed to comply with orders from police to exit his car, drove off, even crashing into one Ithaca police officer's vehicle. That officer wasn't injured, but Whyte was not done.
Officials say he struck another vehicle on Floral Avenue, causing minor injuries to the driver of that car. The car chase then turned into a foot chase at the Robert H. Treman State Park in Newfield.
NEWFIELD - [WENY] Corbin Whyte, a man who was tried three times for murder, with each trial resulting in a hung jury, is behind bars again.
According to the Ithaca Journal, Whyte was apprehended at 6PM Wednesday, taken to an area hospital, and then transferred to the Tompkins County Jail.
No word yet on why Whyte was being chased by police, but around 5PM Wednesday, dozens of police officers and troopers spent almost an hour chasing down a suspect on foot in the Robert Treman park, right off Route 13.
Scanner reports indicated that Whyte was the suspect in the chase, and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick also confirmed that police were looking for Whyte during the Wednesday City Council meeting.
Corbin Whyte was charged with Murder back in 2010 for the slaying of Paul Garcia at the Maple Hill Apartments in Ithaca.
Whyte stood trial 3 times, but each trial ended in a hung jury, and a 4th trial was never pursued.
Whyte was charged with and found guilty of tampering with evidence, and was sentenced to prison for 2 to 4 years. Just this year, Whyte was released on parole this March because of time served during his trials.
More details regarding the chase, and the details on what led up to the chase are expected.