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Direct-to-home sector seeks infrastructure treatment

Says the sector should be allowed tax concessions under Section 80-IA of the Income Tax Act

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 

(DTH) television operators, represented by the Operators Association, have written to the ahead of the requesting the and cable television sector be treated as

"All the benefits and incentives given to the should be extended to the cable and sector, including the availability of finance at a concessional rate. The sector should be allowed tax concessions under Section 80-IA of the Income Tax Act," said R C Venkateish, CEO of Dish TV and president of Operators Association.

According to him, the digitisation process and the deployment of set-top boxes require huge investments and, hence, operator should be allowed to offset their accumulated losses and carry forward unabsorbed depreciation under Section 72 A of the Income Tax Act. India has six private players - Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel DTH, Reliance Digital TV, Sun Direct, and Videocon d2h.

First Published: Wed, January 14 2015. 00:43 IST