This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-Q filed May 8, 2009.
Venezuela Exchange Controls
We are required to obtain Venezuelan government approval to exchange Venezuelan bolivars into U.S. dollars at the official rate of 2.15 Venezuelan bolivars per U.S. dollar. Alternatively, a legal parallel exchange process exists, however the rates implied by transactions in the parallel market are significantly higher than the official rate (recently 4 to 6 bolivars per U.S. dollar). The official approval process has been delayed in recent periods and our Venezuelan subsidiary relied on the parallel exchange process to settle U.S. dollar obligations and to repatriate accumulated cash balances during the first quarter of 2009. As a result, during the first quarter of 2009, we recognized a charge to "General and administrative expense" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations of approximately $72 million in connection with the exchange of accumulated Venezuelan cash balances to U.S. dollars in the parallel exchange process. See "Liquidity and Capital Resources" below for additional information.