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.
Alice Trappler’s Father Testifies
WATKINS GLEN -- [WENY] Alice Trappler frequently called her parents from jail and had seemed worried before the trial. We haven't heard from Alice Trappler since she was arrested and accused of masterminding Daniel Bennet's murder last year.
Today, we heard some phone conversations and Trappler's father, Joe Trappler, took the stand. Joe Trappler was labeled a hostile witness because he refused to speak to police on a second interview and did not come to district Attorney, Joe Fazzary's office for a pre trial meeting as requested.
Fazzary experienced some difficulty getting Joe Trappler to answer questions. He winked and blew kisses to his daughter from the witness stand, and patted Alice on the back when he stepped down.
Before the murder of Daniel Bennett, Trappler's father offered to buy her a shot gun saying "my suggestion was, being pregnant she needed to have some sort of security with her."
She didn't need that gun though because her lover at the time, Brett Bacon, already gave her one.
The prosecution played Phone calls from Trappler in jail to her parents. In those calls, Trappler pleads with her parents to get in touch with Bacon, saying "I can't stress to you enough how much a calm down visit is needed to that person. It could be my demise if that doesn't happen."
Court documents show the gun Bacon bought for her was labeled as the murder weapon.
Defense Attorney Susan Betzjitomir says Alice will explain those conversations when she takes the stand.
Betzjitomir says, "When you hear what she has to say about why she was so frantic to talk to him, I mean anybody who puts themselves in that situation, anybody who's boyfriend had given them a gun, that might be a murder weapon that, oh by what you're accused of would be frantic to talk to their boyfriend."
The defense starts it's case tomorrow morning and we're told Alice Trappler will take the stand on Friday.