Moroccan tv broadcasts interfere with Digital Television signals in Andalucia

Moroccan tv broadcasts are interfering with Digital Television signals in Andalucia.

Clients all over Spain’s Costa del Sol are complaining of losing their digital tv channels due to the high power at which Morocco is broadcasting its own tv channels across the continent.

Being able to watch any Spanish national channels that are broadcast through DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) has become a luxury for many homes in the coastal region. The annoying interference has caused havoc over recent weeks to the point it is now affecting areas from Vélez-Málaga right down to the coast of Marbella.

The director of the Andalucian Association of Telecommunications Installation Companies (Faitel), José Manuel Muñiz, explains that the failure is caused by interference that comes from the African continent. Apparently, the signal from the Moroccan channels is very high and it greatly interferes with homes in Malaga and other parts of the Andalucian coast.

“The problem is that electromagnetic waves do not understand borders,” he said.

This fault, known in the tv world as ‘fading’, makes it difficult to receive any kinds of channels and varies depending on the location and height of the property.
In fact, some coastal areas of the region cannot receive any stations at all and have changed completely to IPTV services.
Muñiz insists that the only stable and lasting solution must be reached through an agreement between the Government of Morocco and that of Spain. The situation has been discussed on occasion, but both sides have not yet managed to find a satisfactory agreement. “It is not something they do in bad faith and it is possible that our signal also reaches there,” he said.


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