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NBCUniversal International is launching hayu – its next generation, subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) reality service. Claimed as the first all-reality service of its kind – curated and fully integrated with social media – will launch in March in the UK, Ireland & Australia on a full array of devices (mobile, tablet, laptop and connected TV) at www.hayu.com
Targeting the broad base of viewers who are fans of the reality genre, hayu combines what NBCU claims is a truly unique user experience with the best in over-the-top (OTT) technology. The streaming service will include a free one-month trial for over 3,000 episodes of reality content. New episodes will be added to the service every single week, the majority of which will debut on the same day as they premiere in the US, with 500+ episodes added to the service each year. The exciting collection of box sets means that fans of unscripted content can catch up on their favourite series from the beginning. Additionally, a host of series never seen before in the UK, Ireland and Australia will be available via full box sets.
Beyond being a single source for top reality content – including Keeping up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs along with The Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing among many others – the curated service offers a range of innovations.
hayu will offer users specially made short-form content snippets – selected from the original episodes – which can be shared directly via fans’ social media accounts. Additionally, newsfeeds from multiple sources covering the shows and talent featured on hayu will be fully integrated into the service. Further, hayu will include full social media integration alongside the videos, allowing viewers instant access to the social media accounts of hundreds of reality’s hottest stars, as well as allowing fans to share their own comments.
Kevin MacLellan, Chairman, NBCUniversal International, said that NBCUniversal’s expertise as the foremost producer of reality programming – along with the obvious popularity of the genre – was the trigger for launching hayu. “We know that reality content is a primary driver of social interaction and that fans of reality TV significantly over-index in online viewing. We set out to build a service that elegantly combines the best high-end reality shows with the most popular social media and digital news platforms. Uniquely, in hayu, fans can find it all in one place.”
The monthly, no-contract fee to access the full range of content is affordably priced at £3.99 in the UK, €4.99 in Ireland and $5.99 in Australia, beginning with a free one-month trial.
According to NBCUniversal, the launch of hayu in key international territories underscores its commitment to finding smart ways to maximise the value of its content in the digital marketplace.