hayu is a niche streaming service catering to a specific audience with a taste for the drama-fuelled world of reality television.
There's no disputing that Australians (and the rest of the world) have an overwhelming love affair with what's been dubbed "reality TV". These shows promise an "unscripted" look at the lives and trials of everyone from the rich and famous to the regular, unknown people.
While reality TV is a mainstay for free-to-air and Pay TV services, its popularity led to the arrival of a streaming service dedicated to the genre. hayu is available in Australia, the UK and Ireland, offering over 6,000 episodes across 200 downloadable shows to watch on the go.
What's more, it offers same-day access to new episodes of popular shows as soon as they air in the US. That means no more waiting around for the latest episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
30-day free trial with hayu
Binge over 6,000 episodes of reality TV, including Keeping up with the Kardashians, Made in Chelsea, and Real Housewives.
How much does hayu cost?
hayu charges $6.99 per month for its service in Australia with a no-lock-in contract. There's also a 30-day free trial for new users, which is useful to explore whether you think the service fits your entertainment needs.
How do I access hayu?
- Go to the hayu website and fill in your account details.
- Watch your shows from the hayu website, or download the hayu app on your Apple or Android device. Keep in mind the app requires that you have at least iOS 9.0 or Android 4.4 (KitKat) to download.
- Sign in on your device.
- Enjoy the latest reality TV shows.
What kind of content does hayu have?
This service is 100% dedicated to the best and worst of reality television. From the Kardashians high life to every real housewife in every major city, you'll find almost all of it on hayu. Follow the links below to find out more about what's streaming on hayu.
The complete hayu TV lineup
Is your favourite reality show on hayu? Find out with our regularly-updated list.
What is hayu's streaming quality?
hayu can deliver your daily dose of Kardashians in different streaming qualities up to HD, depending on your Internet connection. Like many similar services, hayu uses adaptive streaming technology to maximise the viewing experience based upon your connection speed and the device you’re using to watch.
However, unlike some other streaming services there's no way to manually set the stream quality while watching on a mobile device. For users with low data allowances on their mobile plans, this can be potentially dicey.
hayu does offset this by offering the ability to download episodes to your mobile or tablet devices for offline viewing. Videos are available to download to your device in either SD (approximately a 300MB download), or HD (about 700MB).
You can download a maximum of 25 shows at a time, after which you must either delete a selection or wait 30 days for your download list to purge expired episodes in order to get more.
hayu trial offer
hayu offers a free 30-day trial for you to try out the features and see whether hayu offers shows that you like before purchasing a plan. If hayu’s content fails to meet your desires and expectations, its no-lock-in contracts mean you can cancel anytime.
What devices can I use to access hayu?
You can access hayu via a dedicated iOS or Android app on your mobile device, or on the web through a compatible browser. You will need at least iOS 9.0 or Android 4.4 (KitKat) to use the app on your smartphone or tablet.
However, for those who like their reality TV on the big screen, hayu does have an app for the 4th generation Apple TV, which offers support for high-definition streaming of the latest reality shows. There's also a hayu app available on Fetch devices, including Fetch Mini and Fetch Mighty, as well as on the Telstra TV. Australia supports new additions Amazon Fire TV and Kindle Fire.
The hayu app also supports streaming content over Chromecast or Airplay to the big screen. However, if you've downloaded an episode of Made in Chelsea, you'll need to watch it on your device.
hayu works with the Roku in the UK and with the TV2 Sumo in Norway to deliver reality TV to the big screen, but unfortunately, these are unavailable in Australia.
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