Tuesday, 8 March 2016

EXCLUSIVE: New TiVo app from NBCUniversal testing on Virgin Media UK

Our Media Boy Sources has told us today that Virgin Media UK are testing an new app called "hayu" for Virgin Media UK's TIVO customers.

Story from pocket-lint.com:

One of the world's leading entertainment companies has announced a new streaming video service that's all about reality TV - and it's intended audiences are in the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

Called Hayu, NBCUniversal has described its initiative as a "next generation, subscription video-on-demand reality service".

All content on the service will be curated, fully integrated with social media, and available on mobile devices and connected televisions as well as Hayu's website.

According to NBCUniversal, you can use Hayu to watch popular shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians (and its spin-offs), The Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef franchises, I Am Cait, Made in Chelsea, Flipping Out, Shahs of Sunset, The Millionaire Matchmaker, RuPaul’s Drag Race (UK and Ireland), and Don’t Tell the Bride (UK and Ireland), and many more.

If you're in the UK, Ireland, and Australia and own a mobile, tablet, laptop, or connected TV, you'll be able to use Hayu.

The streaming service will include a free one-month trial, but when the trial ends, you'll need to subscribe.

NBCUniversal said Hayu will offer more than 3,000 episodes of reality content, with new episodes being added to the service every week.

It expects to add more than 500 episodes to the service each year, many of which will debut on the same day as their US premiere.

Hayu will have a monthly subscription fee of £3.99 in the UK, €4.99 in Ireland, and $5.99 in Australia.

Hayu will go live sometime in March 2016.

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