This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-Q filed Aug 8, 2006.
Accounting ChangeShare-Based Payments
On January 1, 2006, we adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards, or SFAS, No. 123 (revised 2004), "Share-Based Payment," or SFAS No. 123R, which replaces SFAS No. 123, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation," and supersedes Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, "Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees." The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated results of operations or financial position, as the calculation of compensation costs under SFAS No. 123R is substantially similar to the calculation we applied under SFAS No. 123. However, as a result of the adoption of SFAS No 123R, beginning in the first quarter of 2006, we report the excess income tax benefit associated with the exercise of stock options or pay-out of restricted stock units as a cash flow from financing activities in our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
Under The DIRECTV Group, Inc. 2004 Stock Plan, or the 2004 Plan, as approved by our stockholders on June 2, 2004, shares, rights or options to acquire up to 21 million shares of common stock plus any awards cancelled, forfeited or expired from the former Hughes Electronics Corporation Incentive Plan, or the HEC Plan, on a cumulative basis were authorized for grant through March 16,
2014, subject to Compensation Committee approval. We issue new shares of our common stock when restricted stock units are earned and when stock options are exercised.