Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Basis Of Presentation

Basis Of Presentation
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2011
Basis Of Presentation  
Basis Of Presentation

1)      Basis of Presentation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Liberty Media Corporation and its controlled subsidiaries (collectively, "Liberty" or the "Company" unless the context otherwise requires).  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. 


Liberty, through its ownership of interests in subsidiaries and other companies, is primarily engaged in the video and on-line commerce, media, communications and entertainment industries in North America, Europe and Asia.


The accompanying interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results for such periods have been included.  The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year.  These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in Liberty's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.  Liberty considers (i) fair value measurement, (ii) accounting for income taxes, (iii) assessments of other-than-temporary declines in fair value of its investments and (iv) estimates of retail-related adjustments and allowances to be its most significant estimates.


Liberty holds investments that are accounted for using the equity method.  Liberty does not control the decision making process or business management practices of these affiliates.  Accordingly, Liberty relies on management of these affiliates to provide it with accurate financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP that Liberty uses in the application of the equity method.  In addition, Liberty relies on audit reports that are provided by the affiliates' independent auditors on the financial statements of such affiliates.  The Company is not aware, however, of any errors in or possible misstatements of the financial information provided by its equity affiliates that would have a material effect on Liberty's condensed consolidated financial statements.


In September 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Boards amended the Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") as summarized in Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2009-14, Software (Topic 985): Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include SoftwareElements,and ASU 2009-13, Revenue Recognition (Topic 605): Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements.  As summarized in ASU 2009-14, ASC Topic 985 has been amended to remove from the scope of industry specific revenue accounting guidance for software and software related transactions, tangible products containing software components and non-software components that function together to deliver the product's essential functionality.  As summarized in ASU 2009-13, ASC Topic 605 has been amended (1) to provide updated guidance on whether multiple deliverables exist, how the deliverables in an arrangement should be separated, and the consideration allocated; (2) to require an entity to allocate revenue in an arrangement using estimated selling prices of deliverables if a vendor does not have vendor-specific objective evidence or third-party evidence of selling price; and (3) to eliminate the use of the residual method and require an entity to allocate revenue using the relative selling price method.  The accounting changes summarized in ASU 2009-14 and ASU 2009-13 are effective for fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early adoption permitted.  Adoption may either be on a prospective basis or by retrospective application.


Liberty adopted the revenue guidance on a prospective basis as of January 1, 2011.  There was no financial statement impact on that date as a result of the adoption of the new accounting guidance.  In the first quarter of 2011 TruePosition, a consolidated subsidiary of Liberty, entered into an amended contract with AT&T (one of TruePosition's largest customers) that materially changed the terms of the existing contract.  The transition provisions of the new accounting guidance requires that when a contract is materially modified it is subject to the new accounting requirements.  This resulted in Liberty recognizing revenue for all the delivered elements meeting the separation criteria, previously deferred under the previous accounting guidance.  TruePosition recognized approximately $538 million of revenue and $167 million of deferred cost associated with the delivered elements as of the modification date.  Previously, TruePosition did not have Vendor Specific Objective Evidence for the undelivered specified upgrade, which changed the timing of revenue recognition for the entire arrangement.  Under the new guidance TruePosition utilized the estimated selling price to determine what portion of the overall consideration to allocate to the delivered and undelivered elements.