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
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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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Timeline of Ithaca Cop Shooting
A cop gets shot, and police departments across the region join the hunt. Now, a suspect is in custody and Ithaca cops are saying thank you.
October 12, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - A cop gets shot, and police departments across the region join the hunt. Now, a suspect is in custody and Ithaca cops are saying thank you. Investigators say tips from people in the community, ultimately led to the suspect's capture. It started with an unlocked car with the keys inside. It ended with a gunshot to the chest. Ithaca police Chief, Ed Vallely says a simple task could have stopped the chase from beginning.
“Take your keys out of your car. The majority of police chases across the country or a large share of them are because people leave their keys in their car,” says Vallely. “When you do that, it may be a matter of convenience for yourself but you certainly endanger the community endanger the police officers who know what would have happened had those keys not been in the car.”
According to police, Booker, who's 22 and lives Ithaca, was driving the Toyota Camry when officer Anthony Augustine recognized the stolen car and followed him on a low speed chase. Booker dumped the car here at Elm Crest Circle and ran. Officer Augustine chased Booker on foot through the woods. When Augustine closed in on Booker, he turned and shot the officer in the chest. Deputy Chief John Barber says that the incident has effected everybody in the department.
“We're a small enough department where its like a small family. We know each other wives, husbands, kids so when one of our own takes a shot we come out of the woodwork to come out and support that officer.”
Chief Vallely says that it was more than just the department sticking together. Tips from people in the community played a huge part in Booker's capture. The cops found him in an apartment complex on chestnut street, a quarter mile from where he dumped the car.
“I think that everybody recognizes the shooting of a police officer is a dramatic event and the calls were coming in very quickly. Is it unusual? I don't know that it is especially unusual but it was very gratifying.”
Booker is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and criminal use of a fire arm. As for officer Augustine was wearing a bullet proof vest is in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.