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Philo rolls out Yule Log for holidays

The Philo Yule Log is available to subscribers.
The Philo Yule Log is available to subscribers. (Image courtesy Philo; Graphic by The Desk)

Wallet-friendly service Philo is inviting subscribers to sit around the “Philo-place” and stream its new Yule Log.

The hour-long, on-demand stream is a great alternative for Philo subscribers who might not have a fireplace of their own, but still want all the benefits of a warm, cozy fire for the holidays.

The Philo Yule Log is similar to the one that debuted on New York City television station WPIX (Channel 11) early Christmas morning from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s. The tradition has been replicated by television stations across the country, with most running video of burning wood in a fireplace for two to four hours, backed by a soundtrack of Christmas music.

The Philo Yule Log doesn’t have a backing soundtrack, probably due to rights issues, but streamers can play their own holiday soundtrack from their phone or smart speakers while the Yule Log plays in the background over the Christmas holiday weekend. (If you’re looking for a live stream of holiday music, try the free Holiday Music channel on AccuRadio.)

The Philo Yule Log is available to all Philo subscribers, including those who are on a free trial of the service. To watch the Philo Yule Log, click or tap here, or search “yule log” within the Philo app for smart TVs.

In addition to the Yule Log, Philo offers streaming access to more than 60 live cable channels, including those from A+E Networks (A&E, History Channel, Lifetime), AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, We TV, BBC America, BBC World News), Paramount Global (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, TV Land), Weigel Broadcasting (Me TV, Decades TV, Heroes & Icons, Story Television), the Discovery side of Warner Bros Discovery (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel) and others for $25 a month. The service allows up to 10 individual profiles, each with its own favorite channel list and cloud DVR feature that stores recorded movies and TV shows for at least a year.

Philo is available across most popular smart TV platforms (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV/Google TV, Apple TV and Samsung smart TVs) and on popular smartphones and tablets. New customers who want to try Philo can get a free, seven-day trial by clicking or tapping this link.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).