This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 20, 2009.
Related Party Payments
The following table summarizes sales to and purchases (primarily programming payments) made by DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America to Liberty Media, Discover, Liberty Global and News Corporation and subsidiaries of each for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008:
Other Relationships: In addition, the Company is aware that Mr. Malone may be deemed to control approximately 30.7% of the voting power of Discovery Communications, Inc., or Discovery. DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America purchase programming created, owned or distributed by Discovery and its subsidiaries. DIRECTV U.S. has programming agreements with Animal Planet, BBC America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Home,
Discovery Kids, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Digital Networks, Discovery Commerce, Fit TV, Military Channel, The Learning Channel, and Discovery en Espanol. DIRECTV Latin America has programming agreements with Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Kids, Discovery Travel & Living, BBC America and Science Channel. The Company is also aware that Mr. Malone has relationships with other entities through equity ownership and/or as an officer or director and that Liberty has or had minority ownership interests in various other entities that have business relationships with the Company and its subsidiaries. Such entities include: IAC, which owns HSN which is carried on DIRECTV U.S.; Crown Media Holdings, Inc., or Crown Media, which owns the Hallmark Channel which is carried by DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America; LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, which provides in-room video and Internet services in hotels and motels; Time Warner, Inc. and Viacom, Inc., each of which provides programming carried by DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America; and WildBlue Communications, Inc., from which DIRECTV U.S. acquires wholesale broadband service which it resells to its customers in the United States. Based on information provided by Liberty, the Company does not believe that any of these parties would currently be considered related parties.