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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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.
Second Ithaca Jungle Death Sparks Concern
ITHACA (WENY) -- Wednesday's Jungle death of Russell Kellogg is re-sparking an ongoing issue in the Ithaca area.
Mission workers and authorities are working to keep the homeless safe to prevent any other incidents.
"I got a call from one of the residence of the shelter," said Carmen Guidi. "And they said that they found Russ dead in the jungle."
Kellogg attended the grand opening of the Rescue Mission Shelter, yesterday and hours later, he was found dead making this the second death in the area in 5 months.
"Just from knowing Russ and talking with him and i've known him for a couple of years now." says Guidi. "He struggled with depression, and I think it got the best of him."
Frustrated with lack of options for the homeless and the constant fight to find them a place in society, Guidi says Kellogg went to the rescue mission.
He only went When he was asked to pack up and clear his tent out of the Jungle.
Ithaca Police say when they got to the scene, the victim was already dead near the railroad tracks.
The cause of death has not been determined and they do not expect foul play.
Authorities say the death was a tragedy.
"This is their home, the people that have chosen to live there, that's there home," said Ithaca police officer Jamie Williamson. "So, you know we try to respect that. But on the same token, it's unsanitary. We have had several people die in the jungle over the last several years."
Mayor Svante Myrick of Ithaca at the Rescue Mission Shelter grand opening says after the death of Sherman in December in the Jungle something needs to be done.
"Rick Sherman's death was a clear end call for all of us that we have to do better that we can't ignore conditions in the jungle," says Myrick.
Police say they have no further information and they expect the autopsy report in a few weeks.