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After Downtime During ‘Yellowstone,’ Philo to Offer Discount Code or Extended Free Trial to Viewers

Practically everyone in the streaming and cable worlds had their eyes on the Paramount Network on Sunday night as the most popular show on cable returned for its fifth season. However, not everyone was able to check in with the Dutton family for the Season 5 premiere of “Yellowstone” as live TV streaming service Philo experienced a “significant disruption” from approximately 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET, right in the middle of the two-episode premiere.

However, the skinny bundle is attempting to make it up to viewers. In a blog posted on the company’s website, CEO Andrew McCollum apologized for the service disruption saying, “Despite months of planning for what we understood would be a huge night of viewership, we’re disappointed that we were unable to fully predict all the different stress points our systems would be under at scale and make sure we could handle that additional load.”

To make it up to subscribers, McCollum noted that the first two episodes of “Yellowstone” Season 5 — and the most recent installment of “The Walking Dead” which was also airing during the service downtime — are now available on demand Philo and that the streamer will be compensating consumers for the poor performance on Sunday night.

“We will be reaching out over email in the coming days with either a discount code or extended free trial for subscribers that bill directly with Philo,” McCollum said. “If you are subscribed to Philo through Amazon, Roku, or Apple, we are limited in our ability to offer you a discount code, but we’d like to help out. You have the option to switch to billing with us directly, and our support team is available to assist you with that process.”


June 20, 2018

Follow the violent world of the Dutton family, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Led by their patriarch John Dutton, the family defends their property against constant attack by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.

If you missed the “Yellowstone” season premiere, there are other ways to catch up aside from sticking with Philo. Sling TV is offering new subscribers 50% off their first month, meaning that they can get their first month for just $20. While Paramount Network is normally part of their Comedy Extra pack, it is currently being included at no extra charge through Nov. 20 to coincide with the new season of “Yellowstone.”

If you feel burned by streaming services and don’t want to risk another ill-timed service disruption, each episode of “Yellowstone” Season 5 will also be available on-demand from purchase on Prime Video or in the Apple TV App.

The first two episodes are already available for purchase for $2.99. And if you are really patient, you can wait until March 2023 when the entire fifth season of the show will be available on demand on Peacock. However, judging by the overwhelming rush to Philo and other streamers, it is likely that most Sheridanverse devotees won’t want to wait any longer than they have to to see what happens next on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.


Philo is a live TV streaming service designed for entertainment lovers which includes 60+ channels for $28 per month. It’s an especially attractive option for fans of live TV who don’t watch sports. Your subscription includes ad-supported AMC+. Anyone can sign up for Philo’s free service, which offers 80+ channels.

They have a single $28 plan with major channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery, Hallmark, and ViacomCBS. These include A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Network. The service also has a Unlimited DVR, which now keeps your recordings for up to a year.

You’ll also get channels like Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, LOGO, and Nicktoons.

While it doesn’t include any local or sports channels like ESPN, FS1 or NBC Sports Network, it is the cheapest option for live entertainment-only TV.

Matt is The Streamable's News Editor and resident Ohio State fan. You can find him covering everything from breaking news to streaming comparisons to sporting events. Matt is extremely well-rounded, having worked for the Big Ten Conference, BroadwayWorld, True Crime Obsessed, and Land-Grant Holy Land before joining TS. He cut the cord in 2014, streams with a Fire TV, and his favorite titles include "The Bear," "The Great British Bake Off," "Mrs. Davis," and anything on the Hallmark Channel.


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