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Given the nature of our (ever more so) orphaned DVRs, combined with the existence of alternative (and free) firmware for other CE devices like network routers, this would seem like the strongest argument yet to pressure Dish to release the DVR's source code or at least turn a blind eye should "someone" develop, reverse engineer, or otherwise produce a new firmware that can access guide info via the ethernet connection already present on our DTVPal DVRs.
Maybe the best targets for activism are the folks at Dish (correction: EchoStar's UK division in Eldon, as noted below)--or to prod our legislators to pass rules to limit the scope of protections afforded current products once they're out of production and no longer supported, even by the original manufacturer.
Corporate identity corrections appreciated, but properly directed, the basic suggestion remains the same.
I dislike the changes before us as much as anyone, but don't hold much hope for keeping (or reverting to) things the way they have been. IMO we need to figure out how to move forward with a business model that serves needs on a scale worthwhile to both provider(s) and users.
What user here wouldn't mind contributing a few bucks occasionally for firmware updates that solved these well documented shortcomings? Would a talented individual with the ability to code firmware find it worthwhile to collect a few bucks from these users? Maybe. Maybe not, but probably a better chance of that than "putting things back the way they were/are".
As an owner of 2 DTVPal DVRs (plus a Sony TV that's TVGOS-only), yes I've followed this thread from the beginning (and added a few cents worth of comments on rare occasions). I "know you" only from what you've contributed throughout this entire thread, but consider you the best informed candidate to lead the task.
As a "not that old" IT guy with a few decades in the field (my first computer was an industrial process and control mainframe and standalone PCs for business were a luxury), I'd be extremely happy to see the source code become Open Source supported. The need grows greater as each new development comes along, regardless whether it's new tech like bigger drives or further abandonment like the loss of TVGOS for this orphaned but still highly functional DVR.