The CM standard warranty for the Pal was 1 year, the one improvement CM made to the product. :) Doesn't surprise me that Dish didn't sell extended warranties. But all the authorized CM7000 Pal dealers sold extended warranties at the time of sale. CM direct sales offered up to 3 years, and Walmart, 4 years total. But it's not like anyone would want to swap for a CM7400, haha.
You are right, there is no reason for Dish/CM/Rovi to fix 'my' problem, even for a paid online subscription. Too many headaches on the service side of things. Sony might do it for customer service, but Dish/CM have already burned their bridges, and Rovi never supported even their paid guide customers. Maybe a third party guide provider could use the Pal's ethernet connection, but if it takes cooperation from Dish/CM/Rovi, that won't happen. The profit for them is in selling a new recorder and claiming new royalties.
So I am making an attitude change, lol. I am lucky to have more than one time option. Station times here are accurate and when the clock breaks, engineers are responsive. A couple stations provide 3 days of PSIP, which may improve the chances that others will provide more if enough people ask for it.