In another expansion for Sky customers and British reality TV fans, HiyoNBCUniversal’s popular on-demand reality streaming service, has now launched on Sky Glass and Sky Stream.
Hayu, primarily known for its extensive library of over 300 shows and over 10,000 episodes, includes fan favorites such as Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing, Below DeckAnd Vanderpump Rules.
From 9 November 2023, this integration brings this wide range of predominantly American reality TV programming closer to fans, as an app on Sky’s streaming-based devices (see below on how to access it).
It’s bad news for Sky Q subscribers, as Hayu is expected to only be available on Sky Q next year.
What is hayo?
Launched in 2016, Hayu has carved out a unique niche in the streaming world by focusing exclusively on American reality TV and true crime programming.
Hayu has thus become synonymous with “guilty pleasure” television, offering programming that is as addictive as it is talked about (at least among certain circles).
from keeping up with the Kardashians To different versions of Real Housewives And Million Dollar Listingalong with true crime docudramas, Hayu brings the latest films from the US to the UK, often within a day of their US release.
This rapid turnaround is especially important in the age of social media, where spoilers are rampant and can ruin the viewing experience for die-hard fans.
Hayu is owned by NBCUniversal/Comcast – the same group behind Sky – which makes it surprising that the service wasn’t available on Sky devices until today. But better late than never…
Hayu costs normally £4.99 per month in the UK.
Hayu’s Now On Sky Glass / Stream
Sky Glass (see my review)released in 2021, is a 4K TV that features a QLED HDR display and a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar with six speakers.
Skystream (see our review) It is a standalone set-top box that works with any broadband provider.
Unlike other Sky services in the UK, Sky Glass and Sky Stream don’t use satellite – instead, they rely on broadband, streaming all content to the TV, just like the other services. Streaming devices Like the Amazon Fire TV And Rocco – Or streaming services such as Sky’s NOW (see our website Compare Skystream vs Now).
The new Hayu partnership, which now exists as an app on Sky devices, means Sky customers can easily access Hayu content through voice commands such as “Hello Sky, Get Hayu” or by navigating the app bar on Sky Glass and Sky Stream.
As with other streaming apps on Sky Glass and Sky Stream, Hayu shows will sync with your playlist, catch-up bars, and with voice search.
So, for example, viewers can simply say, “Hey Skye, play “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Jump straight into the drama without fumbling through different apps.
How to subscribe to Hayu via Sky
It’s important to note that Hayu isn’t free with any of Sky’s plans – it’s an optional paid add-on (like Disney+, Amazon’s Prime Video and other streaming services).
New users can sign up through the Sky Marketplace, allowing for a unified experience for managing billing and subscriptions, and there’s also a 7-day free trial.
Existing subscribers can simply log into the new app, using their existing Hayu credentials, on Sky Glass and Sky Stream.
As mentioned earlier, Hayu is also available through Amazon’s Prime Video channels – however, keep in mind that if you subscribe this way, you won’t be able to use the Hayu app – as the two subscriptions are separate.
If so, you’ll have to watch Hayu on the Prime Video app (which is also available on Sky Glass and Sky Stream).