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"All countries across the world receiving the feed lost pictures and sound. We had people ringing up to ask what had happened, but it was more reaction than complaints."
The interruptions are thought to have been caused by severe electrical storms around Uefa's International Broadcast Centre in Vienna, even though the match was being played in Basle, Switzerland.
The live signal went missing for over 25 minutes in a total. Short into the second half, the picture disappeared for six minutes with no changes on scoreboard, again for seven minutes when Germany scored the second goal to go 2-1 ahead, and then for the last 10 to 15 minutes before it sealed a dramatic 3-2 in favor of Joachim Loew's side.
It affected all of the world's Euro coverage relying on the authorized international signal, including the Briton-based BBC and the ESPN in the United States.
Also disappeared the pictures on all the screens in Vienna's Sub Media Center at Ernst Happel Stadion, which, unlike the commercial broadcasters worldwide, even did not give the stadium audio in the meantime but managed to keep score updated.
Tournament organizers have not yet made official statement to explain the blackout accident, and officials in Vienna SMC emphasized the thunderstorm here during the match.
The storm, unleashing dangerous lightning, heavy rains and highwindes, hardly blew off the roof of the tabernacular media workroom.
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