Italy tweaks digital tax break


ROME -- The Italian government's plan to offer a tax break of as much as €200 ($282) for buyers of new digital set-top boxes remains unchanged, but a new rule announced Monday will remove the benefit for boxes bought for second televisions while extending it to subscribers of all satellite and cable television providers.

The change was made after European antitrust officials ruled in July that making subscribers of only some companies eligible for the tax break distorted competition.

Italy hopes to migrate all television networks to digital formats by 2012.