Ah now this is interesting - because that's the BBC HD version, which I'd not seen before.
During the first breakdown BBC 1 viewers were left with the frozen / flashing image for about 90 seconds before an apology caption appeared and the 5 Live commentary was faded up, a good 2-3 minutes before it was heard on BBC HD.
The welcome to BBC 1 viewers was broadcast because someone (cough) phoned the 5 Live studio and told them they were also on BBC 1- they'd noticed the loss of pictures but didn't realise they were on TV as well. Of course just as that was being broadcast the commentary was dipped an apology made by the BBC 1 continuity announcer. Doh!
I think the second breakdown was handled similarly on BBC 1 and BBC HD but I don't think there was the same problem with BBC 1 rejoining the studio in Vienna at the end of the match that was seen on BBC HD.
Given it was power to the IBC in Vienna that was knocked out by the storm - supposedly because the backup generators failed to kick in - the vast majority of countries lost coverage. There were a couple - I think Switzerland was one - who had their own uplink at the game and so didn't loose pictures. I seem to remember there were suggestions at the time that ZDF had rebroadcast their coverage for a while.
The story goes (from an ITV source on Digital Spy at the time) there was an EBU backup available, directly uplinked from the ground. ITV had booked a downlink of this for their highlights coverage- it might also be one of the tournaments where Al Jazeera Sport (as it was) were taking ITVs commentary. So ITV (and by extension Al Jazeera) didn't 't have a major outage, only briefly loosing commentary, which they also had on a backup ISDN. The ITV downlink of that EBU feed was handled by the (outsourced) Sat Ops at TVC, but the BBC hadn't booked that through to BBC 1 playout. The BBC had their main and reserve feeds via the IBC. It was that EBU backup that, apparently, got coverage back on BBC 1 after the second failure. That would explain the period of the match where there clean (except lower thirds) pictures with 5 Live commentary.
5 Live had stayed on air throughout as they were on ISDN dialled into TVC. For more recent major tournaments their coverage has also tended to be on circuits via the IBC.
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