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.
Search Continues for Cornell Senior
INTERLAKEN (WENY)--- Search efforts continue Monday for the missing Cornell student, Christopher Dennis. The family of the Cornell Senior says search efforts will wrap-up at 1PM, followed by a memorial at 5PM.
The 22-year-old hasn't been seen since early Wednesday. We're told Dennis took a canoe out onto the lake sometime between 4 and 5 in the morning. His friends found the boat capsized in the lake later in the day.
The search for Dennis continues until 1 Monday afternoon. Chris's family planned a memorial at 5 today. The memorial is at North Pavilion at Taughannock Falls State Park.
For more information and updates: http://searchforchrisdennis.wordpress.com/
INTERLAKEN -- (WENY) Friends fear the worst, but continue to hope for the best in the disappearance of 22-year-old Christopher Dennis. Before night fell, divers wearing scuba gear were seen going into the water.
Meanwhile, police, friends and family were combing the woods and neighborhoods hoping to find Dennis alive. He took a canoe out on Cayuga lake in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning. That canoe was found capsized on the lake hours later, but no sign of Chris Dennis since.
Dennis is supposed to graduate this weekend from Cornell University. Friends say he had plans to go to Chicago and Iowa for a film project this summer.
"He was supposed to walk this weekend, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to say he was supposed to walk or is supposed to walk. We are still looking for him and we still hope we find him," says Mona Aditya, his housemate.
Instead, police, friends, and family are spending all weekend looking for him instead of celebrating because his canoe cap-sized on Cayuga Lake yesterday and he is no where to be found.
"It's impossible to know if there was an unfortunate incident or accident and where that might have occurred so it's a generalized area now that we're trying to search," says Seneca County Sheriff, Jack Stenberg.
Police are using sonar equipment and cameras in the water. His friends are searching the woods around the area and knocking on doors, hoping someone found him.
Friends described Christopher Dennis as adventurous that's why they say they weren't worried when he went canoeing by himself.
"He was a very adventurous guy that kind of gives us hope," says Aditya. "He also had taken trip by himself in the past and he has great strength and flexibility so it's kind of unbelievable to us that something like this could happen."
The search is scheduled to last through the memorial day weekend into Monday. Nobody is giving up hope of finding Chris Dennis alive.
"There's always a possibility, I would never wish against hope, but that would be great. that would be a wonderful thing if that could happen," says Sheriff Stenberg.
Police will continue their search until Monday if necessary. People who want to help the land search can come to Sheldrake point in Interlaken tomorrow morning.