In a court of law, one falsehood discredits the witness. Dish claims Fox cut them off, but the physical evidence shows Dish pulled the plug while the contract was intact. By the standards used by any court of law in the USA, Dish has been proven to be discredited in their statements. Thus Fox News History of never being dropped by any other MVPD and their statements of Saturday at 11:59PM not being a hard deadline would be found as factual, by any reasonable jury - just not a dbstalk moderator. You give the comical response that Dish could not throw a switch (or even plug a cable) at a certain time is laughable. And BTW, verbal agreements have been used in the past to extend or turn service back on until a more formal agreement can be signed. Verbal contracts, though much harder to enforce than a written contract, are perfectly valid in these instances.