This excerpt taken from the DTV DEF 14A filed Apr 21, 2008.
What are the policies for allocating between long-term and currently paid out compensation? Between cash and non-cash compensation, and among different forms of non-cash compensation?
The Committee has determined that the forms and relative proportions of an executive's direct compensation consisting of base salary, target annual bonus and target long-term incentive should take into consideration those among the peer group of companies. The Committee varies from these guidelines based on its assessment of an executive's experience and level of contribution to the Company's current and future success.