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No fireplace? Here are some digital yule log options

Mirroring the glut of TV options in the current age, people searching for a channel showing a piece of wood burning to the tune of Christmas carols have more options than ever.

Brighthouse Networks will return its annual Yule Log On Demand programming including the standard version you all know and love with holiday music, plus one without music, one with Latin music, a 3D version and one updated for 2015 — now with more crackling!

10News WTSP will run a yule log with Christmas music from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.

The Hallmark Movie Channel starts its yule log programming at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, promising its fireplace will have a "very happy cat and dog" to keep viewers company.

Sports fans can tune into the SEC Network for a college-themed log burning at 6 a.m. Friday.

New to the yule log family is the Outlander version on Starz. Based on the TV show about a time traveling heroine, the Fraser family's Scottish hearth (complete with hound and music) will be on air at 11:44 a.m. Friday, but you can see it on starz.com now.

And not to leave out the kiddies, Disney XD's animated yule log ignites at 2:15 a.m. Christmas Eve.

For folks without cable, streaming services have entertaining and quirky choices for fans of just about everything.

Netflix and Amazon Prime carry George Ford's hour-long Fireplace for Your Home, and Prime goes a step further by also throwing in another standard Yule Log and The Merry Yule Log free for subscribers.

Those inclined to drop some coin for something different can rent the Redneck Yule Log ($1.99 Amazon Prime), which features a widescreen shot of an outdoor natural wood fire, or Yule Log A Go Go, ($3.99, Amazon Prime), showcasing 13 burlesque dancers giving an hour long performance to newly recorded Go-Go versions of holiday standards.

YouTube has some of the weirdest offerings from a five-hour video of Darth Vader burning from the original Star Wars trilogy...

... to an hour of Internet Star Lil Bub (that cat that can't keep her tongue in her head) hanging out in front of the fireplace.

For some special 2015 kitsch, try Nick Offerman's Yule Log, a 44 minute video, of the Parks & Recreation star staring at you enjoying a drink in front of the fire — actually a really long commercial for Lagavulin.

Also new, Yule Log with Christmas Music and Loud Married Couple Fighting may bring back memories for all those people who've lived in apartment complexes with thin walls, or whose parents eventually got divorced.

Check your local listing for broadcast channels and times.

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