Streaming video services are all the rage. Matter of fact, they could soon become the main way most people consume content regularly. 2020 was a massive year for streaming services and 2021 is sure to be even bigger. That’s thanks to old stalwarts like Netflix, which offers an insane amount of back catalog and original content.
But also newer streaming services are also helping lift the content celery system for all. Disney+ is one of the most popular streaming services right now, mainly thanks to hit shows like The Mandalorian. And then there are services like Apple TV+ that, while it doesn’t have a ton of content yet, has been praised for the quality of its offerings. And of course, there’s Amazon Prime Video and other popular streaming services including Hulu.
Yet besides the big four, there are a TON of other niche streaming services. One such service is called Hayu. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What Is Hayu?
Hayu is a streaming service designed around reality TV. That’s it’s thing: reality content. If you love the Kardashians or Paris Hilton or The Real Housewives of Atlanta, you need to get Hayu. Speaking of those titles, you’ll notice they are all American shows. And that happens to be another big selling point of Hayu: it’s a streaming service that boasts having the latest episodes of reality shows the same day they air on US television.
Of course, it’s not just day-and-date episodes they offer. The streaming service boasts thousands of reality TV episodes going back, in some cases, over ten years. Though Hayu isn’t as well-known as Disney+ or Apple TV+, it’s actually older than both. While those services debuted in 2019, Hayu made its debut in 2016. And in case you’re interested, Hayu is owned by content behemoth NBCUniversal.
What Content Does Hayu Offer?
Given Hayu’s reality TV focus, don’t expect to find scripted shows or feature-length films on this streaming service. However, it boasts thousands of hours of reality TV shows across over 250 shows, both current and past. Some of the biggest shows in its catalog include:
- Below Deck
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
- The Real Housewives
- Don’t Tell The Bride
- Vanderpump Rules
- Jersey Shore
- Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
- Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
- Love & Hip Hop
- Made in Chelsea
- Flipping Out
- Shahs of Sunset
- The Millionaire Matchmaker
- Bad Girls Club
- Million Dollar Listing
- Top Chef
- Pretty Wild
- Dance Moms
- The Bi Life
- I Am Cait
What Countries Is Hayu Available In?
Though Hayu is owned by NBCUniversal, it’s actually not available in the United States. Once you know that, it’s easy to see that Hayu is a way for NBCUniversal to easily make their reality TV content available in other countries without having to negotiate local deals on an ad hoc basis with existing providers.
Hayu is currently available in the following countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Norway, Finland, Canada, Denmark, and Sweden.
What Devices Does Hayu Work On?
Hayu is available as an app on both Android and iOS. It also is available on Roku, some Samsung smart TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, and AndroidTV.
How Much Does Hayu Cost?
Hayu’s monthly cost varies by region. In Canada, it’s CAD$5.99 a month. In The Netherlands, it’s €5.99 a month. Expect similar prices in other regions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is HAYU free with Amazon Prime?
No, Hayu is not free with Amazon Prime. However, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber you can easily add the channel to your Prime Video content for a monthly fee.
Q: How much is HAYU a month?
The monthly cost of Hayu depends on which country you are subscribing from. In the UK, Hayu costs £4.99 a month. In many European countries, it costs €5.99 a month. In Canada, the cost is CAD$5.99 a month.
Q: Can you cancel HAYU at any time?
Yes. Like most streaming services, Hayu allows you to cancel at any time.
Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.