For those who aren't aware of it, check out the thread Fox / Newscorp channels possibly suspended Nov. 1. For those of you who are new or have short memories, you may also want to review the thread Dish Retrans Dispute with Fox over 50% Hike (Channels Off 10-1-2010). In the last two years, News Corp (aka Fox) has forced its broadcast channel affiliates to agree to pay News Corp $1 per month per subscriber from retrans fees which the affiliates will have to collect from you. Those affiliates that disagreed Fox dumped. That's how they play the game. In a gutsy move I would have only expected from Dish's Charlie Ergen, after months of negotiations DirecTV has notified New Corp management that without an acceptable contract by November 1 it will drop FX, National Geographic Channel, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Deportes and the 19 Fox regional sports networks. If that actually happens, I intend to tell neighbors who have DirecTV that they can come to my house to watch programming from the channels I get that DirecTV dropped. IMHO the retransmission fee issue must be addressed directly by those who end up paying, meaning we the viewers whenever we can. We know Congress isn't going to help, though New Corp's recent highly publicized criminal activities have made the company less desirable for politicians to be associated with. It's up to us.