Every day this week, Fox extended its deadline for Charter to sign a new carriage agreement by one day. Monday’s D-Day became Tuesday. Tuesday became Wednesday, and so on.

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Well, yesterday, the programmer must have gotten weary of drawing lines in the sand because it changed the warning to Charter viewers on its web site, KeepMyNets, to simply read: “You May Lose Your Favorite Shows And Sports.”

Unlike before, there is no specific day for when Charter viewers could lose their ‘favorite shows and sports.’ (Update on Sunday: There is nothing to update. Blackout continues. No further statements from the companies.)

As usual, we don’t know what the new deadline portends for the negotiations which have dragged on more than the last season of Lost; Fox and Charter aren’t commenting on the talks other than Fox’s daily deadline updates.

But if you’re still playing along at home, if the two companies can’t reach a deal, channels that could be blacked out include FX, National Geographic, the Fox Sports channel, the Fox-owned regional sports channels, and Fox Deportes. (Pictured above: The Americans on FX.)


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Fox and Charter and battling over carriage fees — how much the cable op should pay for Fox’s channels.

— Phillip Swann