This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
Retirement Benefit. Subject to the Deduction Limitation, a Participant who Retires shall receive, as a Retirement Benefit, his or her Account Balance.
Payment of Retirement Benefit. A Participant, in connection with his or her commencement of participation in the Plan, shall elect on an Election Form to receive the
Retirement 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 Retirement 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
Retirement shall govern the payout of the Retirement Benefit. If a Participant does not make any election with respect to the payment of the Retirement 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 Retires. 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.
Death Prior to Completion of Retirement Benefit. If a Participant dies after Retirement but before the Retirement Benefit is paid in full, the Participants
unpaid Retirement Benefit payments shall continue and shall be paid to the Participants Beneficiary (a) according to the Election Form most recently accepted by the Committee at least 1 year prior to the Participants death, or (b) in a
lump sum or in a fewer number of annual installments, if requested by the Participant at least 1 year prior to his or death and allowed in the sole discretion of the Committee, that is equal to the Participants unpaid remaining Account
Balance. 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.