The answers to questions 1, 2, and 4 are no, unfortunately (although for #4
, several DVR+ owners use a Dish 20.1 learning remote which is very similar to the DTVPal remote).
, the problem isn't the DVR+; it's the Pal. The Pal uses a completely
nonpublic file system that E* developed for Dish Network DVRs, and nothing else (at least nothing legal in the US) can read it.
Also, the DVR+ Lister program is designed for copying recordings from
the DVR+. AFAIK
no one has yet developed software to copy recordings to
Luckily, the answer to question 3 is probably yes; lie to your DVR+ and use a SLC Zip code. Your virtual channels should be the same as SLC (even if the RF channels are different), so Rovi's SLC guide should work.
But unfortunately there's no way to manually remap channels, so if any of the virtual channel numbers are different, you'll have to live with PSIP guide data for those.