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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 regular, unknown people.
In fact, its popularity led to the arrival of a streaming service dedicated to the genre. Hayu offers thousands of hours of reality TV, all available to watch on the go. Even better, users get same-day access to new episodes of popular shows such as Below Deck or Real Housewives as soon as they air in the US.
How much is Hayu in Australia?
Hayu only streams reality TV content without genre options for drama, sports or documentaries. This keeps its prices cheaper than Netflix, BINGE, Disney Plus, Stan, Foxtel Now or other streaming sites.
Hayu charges $6.99 a month for its service in Australia with a no-lock-in contract. There's also a 7-day free trial for new users, which is useful to explore whether you think the service fits your entertainment needs.
Hayu also has deals to watch out for from time to time, allowing you to get it at a cheaper price.
What shows are on Hayu?
This service is 100% dedicated to the best and worst of reality television. From every episode of the original Keeping Up With the Kardashians to every real housewife in every major city, you'll find almost all of it on Hayu. Follow the link below to find out more about what's streaming on the service.
Hayu free trial
Before purchase, Hayu offers a free 7-day trial for you to try out the features and shows.
If Hayu's content fails to meet your desires and expectations, its no-lock-in contracts mean you can cancel anytime.
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 and install the Hayu app on your favourite device.
- Sign in on your device.
- Enjoy the latest reality TV shows.
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.
For those who like their reality TV on the big screen, Hayu does have an app for the fourth-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 as well as on Telstra TV. Plus, you can watch using Android TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Samsung TVs, Hisense TVs, LG TVs and Roku.
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 mobile device.
What is Hayu's streaming quality?
Depending on your internet connection, Hayu can deliver your daily dose of reality in different streaming qualities up to HD. Like many similar services, Hayu uses adaptive streaming technology to maximise the viewing experience based on your connection speed and the device you're using to watch.
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 could be dicey.
Hayu offsets 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).
How do I cancel my Hayu subscription?
If you decide to unsubscribe from Hayu, start by making sure that you are signed in.
Go to My Account, select Payment Details and then click the cancel button to initiate the process. From there, follow the on-screen prompts. You will still have access to Hayu until the end of your billing period.
If you are subscribed to Hayu through a third-party service like iTunes or Google Play, you will need to unsubscribe directly through those platforms.
Hayu Australia review: Pros and cons
- Day and date streaming. New episodes appear on Hayu straight after their US broadcast.
- Widest range of reality shows with full season archives. If you need a Real Housewives binge, you're all set.
- Price. Half the price of bigger streaming services like Netflix. Cheap to try out and a smaller debit to your monthly streaming bill.
- No non-reality shows. If reality TV isn't your thing, there's nothing else to tempt you.
- Minimal Australian content. Most shows are from the US or UK.
How does Hayu compare?
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