Pretty much - particularly when spotting it out the corner of your eye on a monitor stack. (It's also handy when you're keeping an eye out for something springing to life when the signal comes up)
As you know, and as everyone will have seen during various breakdowns, the BBC have theirs to freeze on the last image. It's a bit more difficult to spot when they fail but at least it leaves something on screen - I assume that's the reason. There's alarms in the output chain for both freezing and silence and the lack of sound should be enough to alert the playout director. The receivers can be set to alarm if it stops receiving anything too
That said the satellite link from the snooker went down once while it was showing a wide shot of the table. It was on screen for a while... wide shots with low level audio are very common in smoker coverage!
Do those receivers have dual outputs? One with a monitor fault and another that will freeze frame? Or will the alarm be generated by a multiviewers which notices lack of audio or picture?
Telemundo was using translators (as they are a spanish language station). During the Telemundo online stream when the signal broke with the “Ya Regresamos” slide the announcer said “fall as de origen” roughly meaning the breakdown / failure of origins but a quick search it appears it’s mainly used in news and sports when there’s a technical fault.
I’m not sure what the other LA stations did but the major networks let the picture break up for about two minutes before they cut to an anchor. I assume they all were scrambling to come up with something and get their reporter who may have been watching in a media filing room to a camera outside. I imagine this may be the sort of event where the talent needs to be camera ready at any moment but not tied down to a camera as the source may have been deemed reliable. There was a listen in line for producers so they’d know what to remove a super and count down to the end.
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Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.