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Ion, DirecTV Strike Deal

Ion Media Networks, formerly Paxson Communications, is planning on continuing to program its i network, formerly Pax TV, into the foreseeable future.

At least that's according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission it made late last week.

Ion told the SEC that it had struck a carriage deal with satellite company Directv for distribution through 2011. The two settled a court fight over their previous agreement.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.