The annual televised Yule log became a tradition for New York-area residents after WPIX-TV first aired a three-hour film of burning logs in 1966, and in recent years the tradition has been updated for the digital age, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports.
The Yule log broadcast, popular with New Yorkers who had no fireplace of their own, went HD and national in 2004 when Tribune Broadcasting started airing it on its stations, the story notes.
The traditional “Yule Log” will air on WGN from midnight to 4 a.m. PT on Christmas Day, but there are other options.
Netflix, for one, is streaming its own fireplace this year, so you can start watching the burning log at any time before the holiday. The log even has its own tongue-in-cheek trailer and "making of" video.
Here’s the trailer posted by Netflix to promote (and poke fun at) its Yule log. Stay tuned at the end to click through to the equally amusing "making of" clip, which focuses on the artistry behind the Yule log video:
Hub Network is airing an animated Yule log called “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Yule Log,” which will air from 3-7 a.m. PT and will feature some of the stars of “My Little Pony,” such as Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie.
Time Warner Cable will offer the Yule log on demand, but not just in SD and HD. Fans of the burning log can also watch it in 3D, the story notes. Comcast will also offer the Yule log, in both SD and HD.
The original home of Christmas tradition, WPIX in New York, will air the burning log from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Christmas, and will stream it on PIX11.com from 3-7 p.m. PT on Christmas Eve and for two blocks of time on Christmas Day, the report notes.