Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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Basis Of Presentation
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Basis Of Presentation
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements of Liberty Media Corporation (formerly named Liberty Spinco, Inc.) ("Liberty" or the "Company" unless the context otherwise requires) represent a combination of the historical financial information of (1) certain video programming and other media related assets and businesses previously attributed to the Starz tracking stock group and the Capital tracking stock group of Liberty Interactive Corporation ("Liberty Interactive" and formerly named Liberty Media Corporation) further described in note 3 and (2) Liberty Media Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries for the period following the date of the Split-Off (defined below). See discussion below pertaining to the Spin-Off (defined below). The Split-Off and Spin-Off have been accounted for at historical cost due to the pro rata nature of the distributions.
In September 2011, Liberty Interactive completed the split-off of its former wholly-owned subsidiary (then known as Liberty Media Corporation) ("the Split-Off"), which at the time of the Split-Off held all of the businesses, assets and liabilities attributed to Liberty Interactive's Capital and Starz tracking stock groups. In January 2013, this entity (now named Starz) spun-off (the “Spin-Off”) the Company its then-former wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Media Corporation, which, at the time of the Spin-Off, held all of the businesses, assets and liabilities of Starz not associated with Starz, LLC (with the exception of the Starz, LLC office building). The transaction was effected as a pro-rata dividend of shares of Liberty to the stockholders of Starz. Due to the relative significance of Liberty to Starz (the legal spinnor) and senior management's continued involvement with Liberty following the Spin-Off, Liberty is being treated as the "accounting successor" to Starz for financial reporting purposes, notwithstanding the legal form of the Spin-Off previously described. Therefore, the historical financial statements of the company formerly known as Liberty Media Corporation continue to be the historical financial statements of Liberty, and Starz, LLC is presented as discontinued operations. Therefore, for purposes of these condensed consolidated financial statements, Liberty is treated as the spinnor for purposes of discussion and as a practical matter for describing all the historical information contained herein.

Following the Split-Off and Spin-Off, Liberty, Liberty Interactive and Starz operate as separate publicly traded companies, none of which has any stock ownership, beneficial or otherwise, in the other. In connection with the Split-Off and Spin-Off, Liberty entered into certain agreements with Liberty Interactive and Starz, respectively, in order to govern ongoing relationships between the companies and to provide for an orderly transition. These agreements include Reorganization Agreements, Services Agreements, Facilities Sharing Agreements, a Lease Agreement (in the case of the Spin-Off only) and Tax Sharing Agreements. The Reorganization, Services and Facilities Sharing Agreements entered into with Liberty Interactive were assigned from Starz to Liberty in connection with the Spin-Off.

The Reorganization Agreements provide for, among other things, provisions governing the relationships between Liberty and each of Liberty Interactive and Starz following the Split-Off and Spin-Off, respectively, including certain cross-indemnities. Pursuant to the Services Agreements, Liberty provides Liberty Interactive and Starz with general and administrative services including legal, tax, accounting, treasury and investor relations support. Liberty Interactive and Starz reimburse Liberty for direct, out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Liberty in providing these services and for Liberty Interactive's and Starz's respective allocable portion of costs associated with any shared services or personnel based on an estimated percentage of time spent providing services to each respective company. Under the Facilities Sharing Agreements, Liberty shares office space and related amenities at its corporate headquarters with Liberty Interactive and Starz. Under these various agreements approximately $6 million and $4 million of these allocated expenses were reimbursed to Liberty during the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and approximately $15 million and $7 million of these allocated expenses were reimbursed to Liberty during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Under the Lease Agreement, Starz leases its corporate headquarters from Liberty. The Lease Agreement with Starz for their corporate headquarters requires a payment of approximately $3 million annually, subject to certain increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

In connection with the Spin-Off, Liberty and Starz entered into a Tax Sharing Agreement which provides for the allocation and indemnification of tax liabilities and benefits between Liberty and Starz and other agreements related to tax matters. Among other things, pursuant to the Tax Sharing Agreement, Liberty has agreed to indemnify Starz, subject to certain exceptions, for taxes and tax-related losses resulting from the Spin-Off and the Split-Off, except to the extent such taxes or losses result from (i) the breach of certain restrictive covenants made by Starz or (ii) Section 355(e) of the Code applying to the Spin-Off or the Split-Off as a result of the Spin-Off or Split-Off being part of a plan (or series of related transactions) pursuant to which one or more persons acquire a 50-percent or greater interest in the stock of Starz. With respect to the Split-Off, the IRS has examined the transaction, and during 2012, the IRS and Liberty Interactive entered into a Closing Agreement which provides that the Split-Off qualified for tax-free treatment to Liberty Interactive and Starz.   In April 2013, the IRS completed its review of the Spin-Off and notified the parties that it agreed with the nontaxable characterization of the transaction.
Liberty, through its ownership of interests in subsidiaries and other companies, is primarily engaged in the media, communications and entertainment industries primarily in North America.
The accompanying (a) condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2012, which has been derived from audited financial statements, and (b) the 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. Certain amounts included in the accompanying financial statements for 2012 have been reclassified and adjusted to conform to the 2013 financial statement presentation. During the current period we changed the presentation of Net sales (purchases) of short term investments and other marketable securities to present gross amounts in the consolidated statement of cash flows, in order to conform to GAAP requirements. 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, 2012.
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. The Company 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) the expected depreciable lives of satellites and spacecraft control facilities 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 the Company 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.
On October 3, 2013, Liberty closed a transaction in which a subsidiary of Comcast, Inc. exchanged approximately 6.3 million shares of Liberty's Series A common stock for a newly created subsidiary of Liberty which held Liberty's wholly owned subsidiary Leisure Arts, Inc., approximately $417 million in cash and Liberty's rights in and to a revenue sharing agreement relating to the carriage of CNBC ("CNBC Agreement"). The carrying value of Leisure Arts, Inc. and the CNBC Agreement was not significant. Therefore, the Company expects to record a significant gain in the fourth quarter based on the difference between the carrying value of the assets and businesses deconsolidated, at the time of exchange, and the fair value of the Liberty Series A common stock received. The Company expects any gain recorded on the exchange transaction will be excluded from taxable income.