Yule Log Competition on New York TV

Only in New York would watching a Yule log burn on TV be a cherished Christmas tradition. A station there has broadcast the log since 1966, and gotten surprisingly high ratings. But this year it's getting some competition. A high definition channel will start airing its own Yule log. The picture is so clear, the network says, you can almost feel the heat. Not to be outdone, the old Yule-log channel is updating its soundtrack of Christmas carols.

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Only in New York would watching a Yule log burn on TV be a cherished Christmas tradition. A station there has broadcast the log since 1966 and gotten surprisingly high ratings.

But this year, it's getting some competition. A high definition channel will start airing its own Yule log. The picture is so clear the network says you can almost feel the heat. Now the old Yule log channel is updating its soundtrack.

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