Satellite TV industry: Ohio tax hurts all viewers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Satellite TV companies say an Ohio court decision upholding a sales tax that doesn't also apply to cable TV is unfair and hurts all consumers.

DirecTV and EchoStar also say if the tax were applied equally to both industries Ohio could collect millions more in tax revenue.  The companies said in a statement that the Ohio Supreme Court ruling Monday means Ohio consumers won't have an alternative to increasing cable TV costs.

Ohio's highest court ruled 5-2 to affirm a lower court decision that the tax does not amount to unconstitutional discrimination because it's based on the different nature of the companies' business activities.  Attorneys for the satellite industry indicated earlier that an appeal was likely.

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