Updated: May 12, 2017
* This Solution STILL WORKS to get Hulu Plus in Canada *
- Start with getting a VPN account setup
- Install VPN software onto the device(s) you want to get Hulu Plus in Canada on
- Connect to US-based server on VPN
- Go to Hulu Plus and sign in to your existing account or sign up for a new one
- Enjoy Hulu Plus in Canada
How to Get Hulu Plus in Canada
in more detail:
Hulu Plus is awesome. Seriously, it's great -- and chances are, since you're reading this quick guide, you agree with me and want to get access to it from within Canada ASAP.
I figured out how to get Hulu Plus in Canada just last month when I visited a friend of mine in Vancouver. Canada as a nation is incredible and offers practically every external stimulus you could ever want: staggering nature, amazing coffee (and cafes), wildlife, bustling and exciting city life - everything I could ever need in one country... except access to Hulu Plus! Damn!
Luckily though, I was familiar with current software trends in the tech world and very quickly figured out a solution to legally get past this "geo-block" that Hulu Plus has placed on its service to users in Canada. So here is a quick guide and walkthrough on how to get Hulu Plus in Canada in less than 10 minutes. Let's go!
Why is Hulu Plus not Available in Canada?
Hulu Plus is not available in Canada because Hulu have made very specific copyright and distribution agreements with the owners of every movie/series/media they offer on the service.
This means that they are legally obligated to disallow users from accessing Hulu Plus if they are accessing it from any other country than the United States.
I was very sad to find this out, since Hulu Plus is super up-to-date with the latest episodes of my favourite TV shows so I never have to wait for them to be made instantly available to me on demand. However since I travel a lot, the moment I leave the US; my Hulu Plus is blocked immediately, just like when I landed in Vancouver.
How does Hulu Plus Block their Service?
The way that Hulu blocks their Plus service from being accessed in Canada is by using a process called "Geo-blocking".
Geo-blocking, put simply, is a process implemented into the Hulu service that allows Hulu to acquire every user's physical location by checking their IP address when they access the service. Your IP address tells Hulu where in the world you are accessing their service from.
Therefore it goes that if you can somehow change your IP address to not show your Canadian location, but rather show that you're in the US (without actually leaving Canada, of course) then Hulu will "see" your location as inside the US -- giving you instant and full access to Hulu Plus!
By far the smartest and most secure way to change your IP address to any location in the world, is by using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short. A VPN is a lightweight piece of software you simply use on any device you want to watch Hulu Plus from, that let's your securely and quickly connect to the Internet through a private network from any location you choose.
There are many, many VPN service providers around today that offer great and affordable services. For me, ExpressVPN is the best I've found, so I will use this VPN to walk you through the following step-by-step guide on how to get Hulu Plus in Canada.
How to Use a VPN to get Hulu Plus in Canada
Step 1: Signup for a VPN
Go to ExpressVPN's website and select the plan that suits your circumstance and budget best.
You can choose from a few payment options to get your subscription and account setup, which is a great payment option if you want to keep your online privacy as tight as possible.
I just went with PayPal as this is super quick and easy. Credit Card amongst other options are also available.
After purchasing your plan you will receive a confirmation email that gives you your account details.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Next you will be prompted to download the ExpressVPN software onto whichever device(s) you want to use it on. Essentially every device you could ever think about using to watch Hulu Plus in Canada on is compatible with TotalVPN and 99.999% of other VPN service providers.
Here's a snapshot of what devices are supported on ExpressVPN's software:
The downloading and installing process is very straightforward. Just following the clear steps displayed to you throughout this 30 second process.
Step 3: Connect to VPN
Once your VPN is downloaded and installed, open it up and select to connect to a server located in the US, as this will tell Hulu Plus that you are "located" in the US, rather than Canada. Here's a quick snapshot of what connecting to ExpressVPN looks through the connection process:
And on my Android smartphone:
Step 4: Buy Hulu Plus Account
Now that your device(s) are ready to give you access to Hulu Plus from Canada, you need to actually buy a Hulu Plus account. I understand that since you're reading this guide, you most likely already have a Hulu Plus account, but just in case, here's how that process goes:
- Head to the Hulu website: www.hulu.com and signup
- When you navigate to the Hulu Plus purchasing section, you will be asked to enter a valid US zip code. To do this, simply do a Google search and choose any random valid zip code.
- Confirm you Hulu Plus subscription with the email confirmation.
Step 5: Watch Hulu Plus in Canada
1. Once your Hulu Plus subscription is confirmed, simple close your internet browser, close the VPN software, clear your browser's history, then open it up again.
2. Next, open your ExpressVPN software and connect to a US server.
3. Once connected, go to your newly opened browser and navigate to your Hulu Plus account.
4. You will now be able to access and watch Hulu Plus from Canada! Enjoy!
There you have it. Pretty simple, right? In just 5 minutes you have a secure, fast VPN setup on your devices (which also helps with protecting your online privacy -- a sweet added bonus to using one!) and are able to get Hulu Plus in Canada.
As I mentioned earlier in this quick guide, there are many other VPN service providers out there that offer different levels of service and pricing. So to give you more options, here are the top five best VPNs for getting Hulu Plus in Canada that I have personally reviewed and recommend most:
I hope this guide was helpful. If you have any feedback or questions at all, just ask me in the comment section below and I will be happy to help.
Enjoy watching Hulu Plus in Canada!