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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:36 AM   #15841
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Ok, but even plates from Albania, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia and even the small Montenegro are spotted there occasionally (Albanian plates are easy to miss as they are similar to our). Kosovo nothing.
And it's a 2-million-people country 'only' 1000km away from here, so I think it's weird.
These must be 'gastarbeiters'. I often see Turkish plates in transit.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:40 AM   #15842
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I've seen articles about problems picking up German stations in Alsace (and vice versa, I guess) because Germany's rolling out a HD standard that isn't compatible with France....
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This has to do with satellites, not TVs/set-top boxes, anyway France/French TV networks/channels are available on Astra... just like all the German channels... and several US ones BTW.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:44 AM   #15843
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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:49 AM   #15844
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That said, I think there are still differences in standards even with digital television. The U.S. uses something called A.T.S.C., and I've seen articles about problems picking up German stations in Alsace (and vice versa, I guess) because Germany's rolling out a HD standard that isn't compatible with France.... something like that... But we're off topic again.
North America has ATSC, while Europe has DVB-T and some Asian countries have ISDB (others use ATSC or DVB-T, all the systems are in use in Southern America and Africa). Three different standards.

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This has to do with satellites, not TVs/set-top boxes, anyway France TV networks/channels are available on Astra... just like all the German channels... and several US ones BTW.
No, no. We talk about normal terrestrial TV broadcast, received with an ordinary wire-like antena, from transmitters on towers and masts, not from satellite. In the UK they call it Freeview. Germany is going to convert from DVB-T (with MPEG2 compression) to DVB-T2.

Meanwhile, in Poland, we use DVB-T with MPEG4 compression from the beginning (except for early tests). So Germans with older equipment (of course, I mean those living close to the border) are not able to receive Polish channels (they receive, but audio only), but our equipment has no problems with the German broadcast since it has to support MPEG4, which is backward compatible with MPEG2.

Some of the countries east of Poland, I am not sure if Ukraine or Belarus (I think Belarus) switched from analog directly to DVB-T2 (the standard Germans want to switch to), so there is a similar problem here.

There are still quite many countries in the world with analog TV. Usually those poorer ones, e.g. in Africa, although I have read also about some still-analog broadcasts in South Korea, so that North Koreans can pick them. And some eastern countries (Russia, if I am not mistaken) switched to digital in the UHF band, but they still broadcast analog in the VHF band.

Concerning the digital TV standards, there is a map:



It seems there is a yet another, Chinese standard.

Analog TV:

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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:50 AM   #15845
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From your article :

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[...]En revanche, les téléspectateurs – nombreux en Alsace - qui regardent les chaînes allemandes via une box internet ou le câble n’ont à se soucier de rien. Autre possibilité, la réception de ces chaînes par les satellites ASTRA[...]
In other words, that exactly what I wrote previously!

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Of course. My point was just that saying "it's all digital now" doesn't mean that everyone's on the same standard now.

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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:55 AM   #15847
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By the way, the Eastern Bloc SECAM was different from the French SECAM, they weren't compatible.

Another interesting thing is that the German commercial stations aren't interested in free broadcasting anymore and they won't broadcast for free, without signal coding, in DVB-T2. They will become pay TV. Only the public TV will be free.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #15848
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Meanwhile, in Poland, we use DVB-T with MPEG4 compression
Same here, but today (since 2015) we use also DVB-T2 (which will become the sole one from next year I believe... or maybe this one.. I'm not sure).
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Thanks, but I prefer a good Münchner Spaten! Oh ja!!

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Old September 9th, 2017, 01:02 AM   #15850
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I just figured, because we were talking about Alsace....

Personally, I could go for a nice lambic right about now.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 01:03 AM   #15851
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The thing was, in DVB-T with MPEG2 compression you couldn't broadcast in HD. And in MPEG4, the SD channels take less bandwidth - you can broadcast even 8 SD channels as a package, on a single frequency. In MPEG2, it was something like 4 or 5, I think. Without a visible lose of quality. In DVB-T2 it's probably even more than in DVB-T MPEG2. That's why they are converting to DVB-T2.

And they want to give some part of the band currently used by television for mobile internet too.

By the way, when everything was analog and a part of Europe had PAL - there were still differences, like the stereo standard used (the thing the discussion began with, by the way). In Poland, we had NICAM (which was, by the way, actually a digital broadcast - we were partially digital years before the conversion). But many European countries used the A2 standard for stereo.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 10:00 PM   #15852
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This sort of thing happens everywhere. Maintenance from state to state / country to country differs.
For example traveling I-95 from Connecticut, the second you reach the NY state line, you know you are no longer in CT. The state of the interstate differs.
Potholes appear, the surface is not as smooth etc. And of course this is not the only place. There are striking differences in the maintenance of highways everywhere whether you're in the US, Canada or the European Union.


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Old September 9th, 2017, 10:53 PM   #15853
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Kosovo Borders

Kosovo-Serbia border in Jarinje:




Kosovo-Serbia border in Medare:



Kosovo-Serbia border near Gjilan:



Kosovo-Albania border in Vermice:


Kosovo-Montenegro border near Peja:



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Old September 10th, 2017, 10:30 PM   #15854
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[SK][PL] Becherov/Konieczna

Chmelova - a village in Bardejov district with Rusyn population over 40%. It lays about 10 km from Polish border.








Tourist track leading to WWI Austrian war graves.




Zdynia - one of many Polish villages in Beskid Niski mountains inhabited by Lemkos.
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Old September 10th, 2017, 11:03 PM   #15855
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[HR][BiH] Donji Varoš /Gradiška

About 20 minutes waiting to the Croatian part of the crossing.




And then, another 20 minutes to cross the bridge over river Sava.




Bosnian side.




I had seen this man about five kilometres before the border, waiting in a bus stop. I presume, that he might be a Slavonian Serb visiting his family in Republika Srpska.


Bosnian customs are located just behind the white coach in far end of the queue. Houses behind are in Gradiska town centre.


Lovely Skoda 110R stuck on the way to the border.


Serbian wedding.
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Old September 11th, 2017, 01:53 AM   #15856
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I will try to post pictures..

Crossed several times Spain-Andorra border and..

E-AND, nothing to say. Spanish officers in the booths but no passport required, they just glanced.
Andorran officers out of booths, just later, and barely control

AND-E, as previous day, maybe more officers in Spain to see who enters in Spain but no car stopped to ask for passport or so.
Custom control... no cars stopped... go on

15 km away, phone call, had to return to take something.

E-AND... same situation and inside Andorra, one car was stopped, I guess to check for freight because for passport they have booths.

AND-E, same situation and this time random stops to have a look but not for me.

About 1,5 km congestion in border in both directions in Sunday evening.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 10:52 PM   #15857
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[A][D] Salzburg/Bad Reichenhall

This place has become a proper border again. Over one hour waiting time and only one border policeman waving through or stopping cars.

Pictures taken in the last week of August.

"D" Grenze +75min


Very best example of "rettungsgasse"








Divided lanes for cars and heavy vehicles. Just one for each cattegory.


I was not brave enough to capture the armed policeman watching cars about 50 metres further down, so here is the last picture.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 05:47 PM   #15858
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Can we please stop this bickering about the semantics of fought over areas and get back to the border crossings that the thread is about!
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South Africa / Botswana border post - Martin's Drift.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 10:47 PM   #15860
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Copy paste from another thread


Tiny custom facilities at Andorra coming from Spain. They have had previous passport booths despite it is strongly weird to see there any officer. Just go through.

After crossing border it is possible (maybe 1 out of 100 or less) to have a random check





BTW, flag has a coat of arms in the middle.

I point it because Romania, Moldova and Andorra have strong similar flags


According with wikipedia


Romania


Andorra


Moldova
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