This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2005.
In order to be considered for inclusion in the Companys proxy statement and form of proxy relating to the 2006 annual meeting of stockholders, proposals of stockholders intended to be presented for action at that meeting or nomination of persons for election to the Board must be received by the office of the Secretary of the Company either by mailing your proposal by first class mail with sufficient postage to The DIRECTV Group, Inc., Attention: Secretary, 2250 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245 or by faxing to the attention of the Secretary at 1-310-964-0839, by either means no later than December 30, 2005.
Under the Companys Amended and Restated By-Laws, notice of any other matter intended to be presented by a stockholder for action at the 2006 annual meeting must be sent by first class mail and addressed to the office of the Secretary of the Company at 2250 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245 or faxed to the attention of the Secretary at 1-310-964-0839, and must contain the information required by the Amended and Restated By-Laws. The notice must be received by the Secretary of the Company during the period from November 30, 2005 through December 30, 2005. However, if the date of the 2006 annual meeting is advanced more than 30 days prior to or delayed by more than 30 days after the anniversary of the 2005 Annual Meeting, notice by the stockholder to be timely must be delivered not later than the close of business on the later of (i) January 2, 2006 (the 150th day prior to the first anniversary of the 2005 Annual Meeting) or (ii) the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made.
In the case of proposed nominees, the notice of nomination must include all information required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for the election of such nominees as directors pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and must be accompanied by the nominees written consent to serve as a director if elected.
Also, if the number of Directors to be elected to the Board is increased and there is no public announcement naming all of the nominees for Director or specifying the size of the increased Board made by the Company on or prior to December 30, 2005, then a stockholders notice shall also be considered timely, but only with respect to nominees for any new positions created by such increase, if it shall be delivered by first class mail to the Secretary at 2250 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245 or faxed to the attention of the Secretary at 1-310-964-0839, not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which such public announcement is first made by the Company. For purposes of this proxy statement, public announcement shall mean disclosure in a press release reported by the Dow Jones News Service, Associated Press or a comparable national news service or in a document publicly filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.
The Company reserves the right to reject, rule out of order or take other appropriate action with respect to any proposal that does not comply with these and other applicable requirements.