This excerpt taken from the DTV 8-K filed Jun 1, 2009.
Note 4: Dividends Received
We received dividends from DIRECTV U.S. in the amounts of $3,400 million in 2008, $1,050 million in 2007 and $300 million in 2006 from available cash and cash equivalents. See Note 6 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for other dividends received.
THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC. SCHEDULE ICONDENSED FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE REGISTRANT