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Philo outage hits during Yellowstone season premiere

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Wallet-friendly streaming cable replacement Philo suffered a short outage on Sunday as streamers tried to sign up for the service in order to watch the two-hour season premiere of Yellowstone.

Philo carries Paramount Network, the home of Yellowstone, in its base package of 60 live-streaming cable channels at a low price of $25 a month, making it one of the cheapest ways to watch Season 5 of Yellowstone without a cable or satellite subscription.

A crush of new sign-ups to Philo apparently overwhelmed the service on Sunday, with the streaming service tweeting that it was experience some technical problems about 20 minutes after the new season started airing on Paramount Network.

A Philo spokesperson tweeted that the service was aware of the disruption, and that its engineers were working hard to make things normal again for customers. The issue appeared to be fixed within about 15 minutes, according to follow-up tweets posted by Philo and some customers.

The fifth season of Yellowstone debuted Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Eastern Time with a two-hour episode (which was really the first two episodes run back-to-back). The show simulcast across Paramount Global’s other cable networks, including Comedy Central, TV Land, MTV and CMT — all of which are carried on Philo in its base package of channels.

Philo subscribers who experienced a service interruption on Sunday will find the complete Yellowstone debut in their cloud-based DVR. Customers can also watch the show using Philo’s on-demand feature.

The first four seasons of Yellowstone are available exclusively on Comcast’s streaming service, Peacock.

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