Reality streamer Hayu launching offline viewing and Apple TV support
Soon you can keep up with the Kardashians or and take the real housewives of the world offline thanks to an update to reality TV streaming service Hayu.
The biggest challenge with streaming services like Netflix or Stan is that you can't access them without an active internet connection. Hop on a plane or travel to a remote location without a strong 4G network and your streaming entertainment source disappears.
Music streaming services have worked around this by offering the ability to download tracks to your device for listening while offline, but so far the promise of offline video streaming has been limited to Amazon Prime members overseas. That's all about to change though, with reality TV streaming service Hayu today announcing that it will launch offline viewing via an update in Q4 this year.
The update will mean that subscribers can watch over 3,000 episodes of reality TV on their mobile devices without requiring an active internet connection. All they need to do is download their desired episodes in advance. Hayu hasn't detailed whether there will be limits on the quantity of shows you can have downloaded for offline viewing, or how frequently you'll need to re-connect to verify your rights to watch them, but stated to finder.com.au that it intends to offer a "meaningful offline experience" with full details of how it will proceed to follow.
Also launching in Q4 is a dedicated Hayu app for the Apple TV. The app will be available only for the newer 4th generation Apple TV model, so if you've got a 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV you won't find it popping up there. Hayu told finder.com.au that it has no plans for Siri integration at this time, although that is a part of the 4th generation Apple TV experience.