This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
Preretirement Survivor Benefit
Preretirement Survivor Benefit. Subject to the Deduction Limitation, the Participants Beneficiary shall receive a Preretirement Survivor Benefit equal to the
Participants remaining Account Balance if the Participant dies before payment of the Participants entire Account Balance.
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Hughes Electronics Corporation
Executive Deferred Compensation Plan
Master Plan Document
Payment of Preretirement Survivor Benefit. A Participant, in connection with his or her commencement of participation in the Plan, shall elect on an Election Form to
receive the Preretirement Survivor Benefit in a lump sum or pursuant to an Annual Installment Method of 5, 10 or 15 years. The Participant may annually change his or her election to an allowable alternative payout period by submitting a new Election
Form to the Committee, provided that any such Election Form is submitted at least 1 year prior to the Participants death and is accepted by the Committee in its sole discretion. The Election Form most recently accepted by the Committee at
least 1 year prior to the Participants death shall govern the payout of the Preretirement Survivor Benefit. If a Participant does not make any election with respect to the payment of the Preretirement Survivor Benefit, then such benefit shall
be payable pursuant to an Annual Installment Method of 15 years. The lump sum payment shall be made, or installment payments shall commence, no later than 90 days after the last day of the Plan Year in which the Participant dies. Any payment made
shall be subject to the Deduction Limitation. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, a Participants Long-Term Achievement Plan Account and Restricted Stock Unit Account shall be distributed only in Stock.
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