This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
On March 1, 2000, we announced that the operations of DIRECTV Japan would be discontinued. Pursuant to an agreement with Japan Digital Broadcasting Services Inc. (now named Sky Perfect), qualified subscribers to the DIRECTV Japan service were offered the opportunity to migrate to the Sky Perfect service. DIRECTV Japan was paid a commission for each subscriber who actually migrated. We also acquired a 6.6% interest in Sky Perfect. During 2002, $41.1 million of accrued liabilities related to the exit costs accrued in 2000 were reversed upon the resolution of the remaining claims, resulting in a credit adjustment to Other, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. In October 2002, we sold all of our interest in Sky Perfect for approximately $105 million in cash, resulting in a pre-tax loss of about $24.5 million.
THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)