This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 21, 2008.
Does the Company benchmark total compensation or any material element of compensation?
The Committee annually evaluates pay practices among a peer group of companies to help set the level of the primary compensation elements of the executive officers' compensationbase salaries, annual bonuses and long-term incentivesand the relative proportions of those elements.
We review the list of companies in the peer group periodically. The current list was last revised in 2007. The Consultant developed the list, focusing on companies in the entertainment, content development and distribution industries and incorporated suggestions from management and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. The selected peer companies fall within a range (both above and below the Company) of comparison factors such as revenue, market capitalization and net income; thus, certain companies that were significantly larger or smaller than the Company were excluded from the final list.
The 20 companies in the peer group for 2007 were: