The concept of failure in transmission is changing.
CD's don't skip, they stutter.
Digital TV doesn't snow, it pops and tiles and pixelates and goes black.
Mobile calls and digital radio don't fade in and out of static. They become choppy and disjointed and then drop.
15 years from now, static or snow as experienced in analog transmissions and currently seen in shows will totally date the production as being from a pre-digital era. Much SciFi will look strange. Very young kids will simply not understand it when they see it. People in shows 'faking' static to get out of a phone call or radio contact is a joke these viewers just wont get.