More than a million homes face paying as much as £200 to ensure their TV reception is not ruined by a new mobile phone frequency.

The Government is selling off part of the broadcast spectrum and those living near the new mobile masts will suffer interference if they have Freeview.

The mobile operators have set up a £180million fund to provide affected households with filters to solve the problem.

However, the ‘protection’ scheme does not cover ‘non-standard aerial installations’ or television sets that use an indoor aerial.

Households will have to pay themselves, with their total bill reaching at least £161million, according to Arqiva, a wireless and TV technology firm.

It is thought that more than a million Freeview households are affected by the frequency shake-up and the vast majority of these are likely to need professional help to continue receiving a terrestrial signal.

Arqiva’s calculations suggest the bill for this will be between £156 and £224. Others believe the figure will be closer to £100. Those with less complicated aerials will be able to fit the filter devices themselves.

Another million homes using satellite or cable will suffer interference on any secondary sets that use Freeview.

A joint submission to Ofcom, by the BBC and other broadcasters, suggests consumers could face additional costs in excess of £100million to solve interference issues on primary sets alone.

And, in its submission to the communications regulator, Arqiva wrote: ‘We remain very concerned that disruptions to secondary set users and households that depend on set-top or loft-mounted aerials for their reception have been completely ignored.’

One industry insider involved in the talks said: ‘If you don’t have a rooftop aerial you are on your own.

‘Viewers will feel discriminated against. As a viewer you don’t distinguish between what aerial you have.’

John Tate, BBC director of policy and strategy, said: ‘4G is a great development but should not be allowed to interfere with people’s TV reception.

‘There are plans in place that aim to reduce this interference but we believe that sufficient money should be deducted from the 4G auction proceeds to prevent it altogether.

‘This is based on the established principle that the polluter pays.’

It is unclear which geographical areas will be most affected by the plans.

TV signals will suffer interference because the part of the spectrum being used for the new 4G services is next to the band used for terrestrial digital TV services provided by Freeview.

Ofcom is carrying out a consultation exercise on the issue.

The new fourth generation mobile phone band allows for ultra-fast mobile broadband for lap tops and smartphones.