TV and film on demand guide: which streaming service should you choose?

What is the best streaming service in the UK? Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC Store and more compared


Do you have to subscribe?


Yes, but there’s no contract so you can cancel at any time.

How much does it cost?

£3.99 a month. Or nothing, if you’re a Virgin Media TV XLTiVo customer.

What do you get?

Hayu an all-reality on demand service so it’s jam-packed full of series like Made in Chelsea, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives, Don’t Tell the Bride and RuPaul’s Drag Race. You can watch complete box sets, as well as new episodes which debut on the service the same day as they air in the US.

The Hayu app also features shareable, short-form video as well as news about your favourite stars alongside their integrated social media feeds.

Original content?

No, but it gives you access to American series that aren’t available anywhere else in the UK – and new episodes the same day they air in the US.

What can you watch it on?

IOS and android smart phones, tablets, laptops and connected TVs. You must have an internet connection, though. You can’t download Hayu content or watch offline. And you can only watch on one device at any given time.

Free trial?

Yes. You can have a 30-day free trial.



Parental controls?


Hayu describes itself as an an 18+ service. You can activate a pin to keep content protected.


Amazon Prime

BBC Store


Disney Life

TalkTalk TV

Now TV

BFI Player