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Hayu Australia review: Is the reality TV streaming service any good?
For lovers of reality TV, Hayu represents great value at $6.99 per month with a 7-day free trial. Its mobile apps could use some work, but the oh-so-juicy content it has on offer makes up for the clunky UI.
What is Hayu Australia?
Hayu launched in Australia back in 2016 and essentially is to reality TV junkies what Shudder is to horror fans - a mecca of all your guilty pleasures. Think Real Housewives, Kardashians, Million Dollar Listings and Top Chef. Basically, if you’re only keeping your Foxtel subscription for the Fox Arena channel, you can cancel it, because Hayu has you covered.
While the overall pitch for Hayu isn't all that different to something like Netflix. It does lack a few of the usual features, such as 4K playback or a kids mode. The former isn't a surprise, given that most reality TV isn't broadcast or available in such a high quality format, nor is the latter, given the nature of the content offered by Hayu. Still, if you're looking for areas where more specialised subscription service from something with a more broad offering, they aren't hard to find.
Fortunately, offline viewing is supported. Those with an active Hayu subscription can download and save anything offered by the service to watch at a later date using the app. However, you cannot stream Hayu in multiple locations from the same account. For now, the service only supports one stream at a time.
How much does Hayu Australia cost?
Sure, Hayu isn’t everyone’s thing, but at $6.99 per month with a generous 7-day free trial, it’s a killer deal for lovers of trash like myself. For comparison’s sake, Netflix will set you back from $10.99 per month, Stan from $10 per month and Disney Plus from $11.99.
Take a look at the table below to see how Hayu stacks up against the competition:
|4K streaming3 streamsDeal: 30-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Standard planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$18/mth||Go to site|
|Apple TV+ plan4K streaming6 streams (Family Sharing)Deal: 7-day free trial||$12.99/mth||Go to site|
|Disney+ plan4K streaming3 streamsDeal: $139.99 for 12mths||$13.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix Standard + AdsHD streaming2 streams||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Stan Basic planSD streaming1 stream||$10/mth||Read more|
|Kayo One PlanHD streaming 1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now EssentialsHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channelsDeal: 10-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Shudder planHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Hayu PlanHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Go to site|
|Paramount+ planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Britbox planHD streaming5 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$8.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix BasicSD streaming1 stream||$10.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix StandardHD streaming2 streams||$16.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix Premium4K streaming4 streams||$22.99/mth||Read more|
|Binge Basic + Ads planSD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$10/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Premium planHD streaming4 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$22/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Basic PlanHD streaming 2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$30/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Premium PlanHD streaming 3 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$35/mth||Go to site|
|Stan Standard planHD streaming3 streams||$16/mth||Read more|
|Stan Premium plan4K streaming4 streams||$21/mth||Read more|
|Stan Sport add-onHD or 4K streaming||$15/mth add-onMin. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)||Read more|
|Essentials + Movies planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demandDeal: 10-day free trial||$45/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now All Packs planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and DocosDeal: 10-day free trial||$59/mth* *First 12mths. Then $104/mth||Go to site|
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What shows are on Hayu Australia?
Hayu is home to just over 300 titles, so it certainly doesn’t have the largest library in the world. That said, given the long-running nature of most reality series, there are plenty (we’re talking thousands) of episodes to keep you going.
If, like me, you love nothing more than watching grown women with obscene amounts of money fight over who said what behind who’s back, Hayu is heaven. It’s got every Real Housewives franchise from Atlanta to Vancouver, though you will need to keep that Foxtel subscription if you’re a devotee of the Aussie series (Melbourne and the god-awful short-lived Sydney series).
Look, we couldn’t mention Real Housewives and not include this iconic screencap from the Beverly Hills franchise.
Continuing the theme of dropping in on the lives of the ridiculously wealthy, you’ve also got access to all 19 seasons of Keeping up with the Kardashians, not to mention the many, many spin-offs.
For real estate junkies, Million Dollar Listing will have you lusting over eye-wateringly expensive properties in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco. Doesn’t hurt to dream, right?
You’ll also find the likes of Top Chef, Below Deck and Vanderpump Rules, not to mention a bunch of true crime titles such as In Ice Cold Blood, Buried in the Backyard and 21 seasons of Snapped.
Which devices can I watch Hayu Australia on?
As much as I unashamedly love the shows that a Hayu subscription gets you access to, there’s one thing I’m not so keen on - the mobile app. I tried it on both iOS and Android, and while the iOS one was clunky but usable, I never managed to get it working on Android.
If you’re running into the same problem, you can simply watch directly on the Hayu website, otherwise, there are also apps available for Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fetch TV, Telstra TV and most Android smart TVs. Having spent a longer time than I’d like to admit struggling with the mobile apps, the Chromecast with Google TV was a joy to use.
Hayu Australia on Amazon Prime
If you're keen on tuning into Hayu's library of reality TV hits but less than thrilled with the idea of installing another app, you can subscribe to the service via Amazon Prime Video Channels.
Prime Video Channels are an optional add-on for Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service which allow you to bundle additional content from other streaming services into your Amazon Prime Video subscription, including Hayu.
Subscribing to Hayu via Amazon Prime Video Channels will cost you the exact same amount as subscribing to the service directly would: $6.99/month. Check out the table below for a sense of how the price of Hayu compares the rest of the Amazon Prime Video Channel lineup.
|Paramount+||$9.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|MGM||$4.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|Hayu||$6.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|Starzplay||$3.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|AMC+||$8.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|Shudder||$6.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|Docplay||$7.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|AcornTV||$6.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|The Great Courses Signature Collection||$7.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|iWonder||$6.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|OutTV||$3.99 per month||Add 7-day free trial|
|Love Nature||$3.99 per month|
Is Hayu Australia worth $6.99 per month?
The answer really depends on the kind of person you are. If you detest over-the-top drama, obviously a Hayu subscription isn’t going to be for you. But if you are a fan of reality TV, $6.99 per month is an easy-to-justify fee for so much juicy content.