I believe he's referring to a ViP722k, not a ViP612.
Yes, of course. This is a 722k thread...
And I'm not positive it wasn't that way before, but I doubt it. And yes, if you're not in a Guide, any channel can be accessed.
But isn't this bad for Dish? If one is browsing thorugh a guide and decides to look at the PPV's, you can't easily.