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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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.
Steuben Co. Man Goes Missing
PRATTSBURG (WENY) -- A New York State Police helicopter hovered and k-9 units sniffed as investigators searched for a Prattsburg man still missing as of Friday, 7/25/14.
His name is Todd Casciani was last seen when he went for a walk on Monday.
The 45-year-old man was last seen on Monday morning by his mother, Sharon Bingaman.
"I just don't know where he is," said Bingaman. "So, Todd if you are out there and alive, please just call me."
She says he left their home in Prattsburg for a walk, without having his typical morning coffee and cigarette.
"I don't know if he's dead, so I asked the Sheriff to put out a missing persons report," said Bingaman.
With no means of making contact with him, investigators including State Police, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, and Forest Rangers spent hours sweeping the woods, surrounding his home on Cook School Road.
"There's a lot of thick woods, pine trees, some open fields in between a lot of creeks," said Joe Campbell, Second Assistant Fire Chief at the Prattsburg Fire Department.
Casciani was released from prison February 2014 and is currently on Parole, after he was convicted of trying to cash a forged check.
"He was trying to rebuild everything," said Bingaman.
Casiani missed a regularly scheduled Parole meeting on Tuesday. Now, there is an active parole warrant out for him.
He's also is a convicted level three sex offender and served four years in prison in 1999 on sexual abuse charges.
"We don't feel as though he is a threat or to police," said Captain Eric Tyner of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office. "We're treating it right now as a missing persons case. He's still a member of society and we're making sure make the dilligent effort we can to locate him."
In the meantime, his parents are hoping for his safe return. They don't know if he completely left the area.
"I love you, everybody loves you, please just come home," pleaded Bingham.
Police are done with their search of the immediate area.
Casciani was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt under a gray sweatshirt, tan baseball hat and camouflage boots. He is 5’7”, 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you do have tips, you can call the Steuben Co. Sheriff's office at 607-622-3911.