The largest national satellite provider, DirecTV, is dropping the "i" (PAX) network from its service...along with a number of PAX stations across the country.
In a page on its website, DirecTV points out that after being programmed as a general entertainment outlet, the network has changed, and now "most of their programming consists of infomercials and other promotional shows. As a result, we have terminated our agreement to carry iTV and local PAX stations."
Among the list of stations to lose their place in DirecTV's local channel lineups - the Cleveland market's PAX owned and operated station, WVPX/23 Akron. It's almost a footnote now, as WVPX no longer carries any significant local programming. The station lost the WKYC/3-produced "PAX 23 News" newscast aimed at the Akron/Canton area last year as a result of the end of Gannett's LMA with WVPX. The newscast immediately moved to Time Warner Cable.