This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
4. ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
Employees eligible to participate in the Plan are persons whose continued employment is determined by the CEO to be key to the achievement of long-term goals of Hughes and its Subsidiaries. During the first year of a Performance Period, the CEO shall designate the Employees who are to participate in the Plan for the Performance Period which commenced the immediately preceding January. Participation in the Plan is not automatic.