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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Missing Steuben County Man Found
PRATTSBURG (WENY) -- After a massive, multiple agency search on July 25, a Steuben County man is found.
45-year-old Todd Casciani, broke his parole terms and now sits in the Steuben County Jail.
Casciani was found on Sunday by a person walking down State Route 53 near Naples.
Casciani was last seen last Monday by his mother, after he left for a walk from their home on Cook School Road in Prattsburg.
Investigators say, when Casciani was questioned he was vague and said he just wanted to walk and think about things.
He was released from prison in February after convicted of trying to cash a forged check. Currently on parole, he missed a scheduled meeting last Tuesday.
Casciani also spent 4 years in prison on sexual abuse charges, and is a level three sex offender.
Investigators say Casciani has always registered promptly and hasn't shown any attempts to leave to further harm society. That's why they treated this as a missing persons case, and not a fugitive from justice.
"We're always happy when we can conclude a missing persons investigation with finding the person," Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard. "In this case, with the parole violation he's going to be held until his future is determined."
Undersheriff Allard says Casciani should be scheduled to appear in court in the next few weeks.