The rollout of next-generation digital services on mobile devices, the so-called 5G networks, means that residential blocks of flats ('comunidades') which receive Spanish TV channels via a shared aerial are going to have to make some adjustments.
Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is being squeezed into less of the available frequency spectrum . Those expats who receive international TV over internet (IP) or satellite are not affected.
On the Costa, blocks of flats that have a shared aerial will need up to five modules (channels) changing, at a total cost of about 600 euros, although the government will subsidise around half of this. Blocks with advanced programmable aerials and individual standalone houses will not be affected; these will simply need to retune a few channels on their TV set ahead of June next year.
Engineers say that in Malaga province it is tricky to fit all channels into the available spectrum because of the mountains and the proximity of conflicting signals from Gibraltar and Morocco.