Today, I'm with DirecTV and oddly enough, things have come full circle in a way. When the weather turns foul, the image does not display "snowy" static, but it will begin to "pixelate" with the "blocks" growing ever larger until the signal is lost totally. While definitely annoying, I have to chuckle at the irony.
Yeah, this is one way in which digital TV is definitely not an improvement over analog. At least with analog, you could still basically see and hear the program through the static. With digital, the picture and sound just freeze until it clears -- it's more all-or-nothing (as is to be expected from a system based on 1s and 0s, I guess).