This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 20, 2009.
What are the elements of compensation?
The primary elements of compensation for the executive officers are a base salary, an annual bonus paid in cash and a long-term incentive award denominated and usually paid in shares of Company stock. The executive officers are also eligible for certain other benefits and perquisites that are intended to be a part of a competitive compensation package that provides health, welfare, savings and retirement programs comparable to those provided to employees and executives at other companies in our industry. Some elements of compensation are related, meaning that the value of one element affects the value of another element. Increasing base salary increases target bonus opportunities, savings, pension and disability benefits. Increasing or decreasing bonuses also affect pension and savings plan benefits, but long-term incentive awards are excluded from calculation of pension and savings plan benefits.
The purpose, key characteristics and target pay levels of each element of compensation are in the following table.
or in part at any time and for any reason. Stockholders may request a copy of a plan document by contacting the Corporate Secretary as provided on page 73.