How to get Hulu Plus in Australia – Hulu Australia Easy Workaround

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Updated: May 12, 2017

  1. Start by first getting a VPN account setup
  2. Then download + install the VPN software onto the device(s) you want to watch Hulu Plus in Australia from
  3. Open the VPN software and connect to a US-based server location
  4. Go to Hulu Plus and sign in to your account or create an account if you have not already done so
  5. Enjoy Hulu Plus in Australia

How to get Hulu Plus in Australia

in more detail:

NOTE: I have used ExpressVPN to show how to watch Hulu Plus in Australia. I have tested many VPNs over the years, and ExpressVPN has consistently risen to the top and is my VPN of choice. You can find out more here:


When I had the opportunity to take a gap year and visit Australia, I didn’t even draw breath before saying yes. A friend had done the same thing a year before, met an Aussie girl, and not been back since. I had just broken up with my long term girlfriend, when he emailed to say if I wanted, there was a job going in the bar he worked at starting the following month.

It was a rush to get out there, but I managed to get pretty much everything you can think of sorted before setting off. And I had no regrets. My friend found me a flat just five minutes from the beach, his bar was the sort of laid-back place I have always loved, and the people in Oz are just awesome.

In fact, the only criticism I have of the place at all is their TV, which is awful. I guess it might be because they have such great weather and so many awesome beaches, but I need my TV fix every now and then and after a month or so I was really pining for my Hulu Plus subscription, which to my annoyance didn’t work here.

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Then another US guy drinking in the bar told me how to get Hulu Plus up and running, and I haven’t looked back since. It was really easy. All I needed was a VPN.


Why is Hulu Plus not Available in the Australia?

It turns out there is a pretty simple reason why I couldn’t access my Hulu Plus account in Australia. It’s all down to rights. Hulu has to buy the rights to the shows it streams, but these rights are always sold by country. Obviously Hulu Plus is a US service, but while Hulu owns the rights to stream these shows in the US, it may not hold them for Australia.

As they may be held by another streaming service or broadcaster here, Hulu is required to block users here from watching them on their site, even if they have a Hulu Plus US account. And to do this they use something called geo-blocking.


How is Hulu Plus Blocking Access in Australia?

Geo-blocking works by looking at the data every internet users transmits in their IP Address. This includes your geographic location. If this tells Hulu Plus that you are not in the USA, they will automatically stop you from accessing their service.

The best way around this is to use a VPN. A VPN works by sending all your internet traffic via an external server. The final site you visit will then see the IP Address of this server rather than your machine. If the server is in the USA, Hulu Plus will therefore be fooled into thinking you are, and will allow you to use their service.

Now readers down under may have read about the ongoing battle between Netflix and Australian VPNs, with Netflix attempting to block VPNs from using the same approach to access their US service. You needn’t worry. The only way to block a VPN is to blacklist the IP Addresses they use, but it is a very easy process for the VPNs to get new IP Addresses, whilst it is very hard for Netflix to trace them. SO this technique is not going to stop working for Netflix anytime soon, and there is currently no evidence of Hulu Plus undertaking a similar campaign.

So using a VPN is a failsafe way to watch Hulu Plus in Australia, and of you read on, I will explain how to do it with my VPN of choice, ExpressVPN.


How to Use a VPN to get Hulu Plus in Australia

Step 1: Sign up for VPN

Firstly, you will need to visit the ExpressVPN website (clock on one of the links you will find on this page) where you will be presented with a variety of subscription packages. Choose you preferred package based on the length of time you want to sign up, and your budget, and you will then be diverted through to their payment processing page.

You can use various internationally recognized payment options, and also have the comfort of a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with their service.

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Follow the simple instructions to complete your payment and you will then be asked to click an email link to confirm your account.


Step 2: Download & Install VPN

Then you will be invited to download and install the software. Choose your operating system and device from the menu (see below) and you will then be presented with some simple onscreen instructions showing you how to complete the installation process.

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Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN

Then you will be invited to download and install the software. Choose your operating system and device from the menu (see below) and you will then be presented with some simple onscreen instructions showing you how to complete the installation process.

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Below is how the connection process looks on my Android smartphone device:

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Step 4: Setup Hulu Plus Account

And with that you will be able to log onto your Hulu Plus account as if you were in the US, and enjoy all your favourite shows.

If you need to set up an account, you can do this by visiting the Hulu website. Usually you will need to have a US credit card, but don’t panic if you don’t have one of these as there are other options.

You can use a US Paypal account (a few users suggest this method isn’t working at the moment, but others report that it is, so do let us know your experience) or apply for a Vanilla Mastercard which you can also use easily.

Perhaps the easiest method is to buy a prepaid Hulu card on the internet from one of the variety of different outlets who stock them.


Conclusion

And it really does work. My time in Australia was amazing, but I don’t think I would have enjoyed it half as much without my Hulu Plus fix. I know plenty of others who use the same process to get their US entertainment fix as well.

Do let me know your comments and experiences in the box below. I am always interested to hear new experiences and any problems you may have encountered.

If you don’t think ExpressVPN is for you, there are of course plenty of other VPNs out there. Below you will see my pick of the Top 5 for watching Hulu Plus in Australia.

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