How to Unblock Hulu Outside US
Updated: October 18, 2016
- Start by getting a SmartDNS or VPN (depending on if you want privacy protection or not)
- Install SmartDNS or VPN software onto the device(s) you want to watch Hulu outside the US on
- Open software and connect to US-based server location
- Go to Hulu and either login to your existing Hulu account or signup for a new one
- Enjoy Hulu from anywhere in the world
How to unblock Hulu outside US in more detail:
Hulu is great. If you’re reading this quick guide to unblock Hulu outside the US, then you agree!
Also, chances are, if you’re reading this guide right now (in the beginning of 2016) then you also know that Hulu recently managed to intercept users using a VPN to unblock the service from outside the US -- so VPNs are now unable to unblock Hulu. That’s right:
You can not easily unblock Hulu from outside the US with a VPN
This was exactly my experience. While I was living in Budapest, Hungary in 2015 I quickly got very excited that every single Seinfeld episode had been made available on Hulu, and wanted to binge-watch the show immediately!
Thinking the VPN I was using at the time would unblock US Hulu from my Hungarian location no problem, I went straight to the Hulu website, popcorn on my lap; Macbook Chromecasting to my big TV; excited… only to be shockingly presented with this message from Hulu:
To say I was surprised and annoyed is an understatement. How was I going to watch one of my favourite TV shows in super HD streaming from Hulu if even my super awesome VPN does not even succeed in unblocking it for me?
I quickly went into frantic Googling mode to find out ASAP exactly how Hulu has managed to figure out when a user is attempting to access the service from a VPN -- and most importantly if there was a solution to unblock Hulu from outside the US.
After researching a for a bit, I quickly figured out that Hulu is managing to spot VPN-using users (apparently) by the encryption used on their connection, since the main reason for most users to use a VPN is the encryption and thus privacy/anonymity protection that comes with them. This was bad news for VPNs -- but good news for SmartDNS services!
How to unblock Hulu outside US with a SmartDNS
You can use a SmartDNS to unblock Hulu from outside the US
Yes, because SmartDNS services do not use encryption or privacy-protection protocols on the connections they provide users, this difference somehow allows users outside the US to access Hulu consistently and completely.
So if you are willing to sacrifice your online privacy/anonymity protection (or did not protect it in the first place) to watch your favourite shows on Hulu, then use a SmartDNS. The 5 best SmartDNS for unblocking Hulu outside the US that we recommend are mentioned below for you to check out.
These SmartDNS services are chosen based on the best balances between quality of service and affordability. Here they are:
$6.49 / month
$6.67 / month
$10 / month
$6.99 / month
To actually setup a SmartDNS to unblock Hulu from outside the US, simply visit the SmartDNS provider’s website that you decide is best for your situation/budget. 99% of SmartDNS providers have a dedicated “setup” page that very simply walks you through setting up their service.
For example, my personal choice after reviewing a few SmartDNS providers is Unlocator, which has a super simple and quick setup page specifically for Hulu right here.
How to unblock Hulu outside US with a VPN
One important point to mention on this topic is that if you really do not want to go online without a secure VPN connection, for fear of compromising your privacy protection, then you should definitely at least try out some of the VPN services that are known to still today unblock Hulu outside the US for many users.
The best way to go about finding a VPN that achieves this unblocking is to first and foremost go to any of the VPN provider websites we list below and ask them directly (via email, live chat or whatever their quickest form of support is) what IP addresses they offer that they can confirm 100% are currently not listed on Hulu’s “black list” of known VPN IP addresses.
By asking this, you will have a much better idea of which VPN provider is working the hardest to stay ahead of Hulu by putting in the consistent effort to offer IP addresses that still unblock US Hulu to users outside the US.
Here’s a list of the top 5 best VPNs for unblocking Hulu outside the US that we have tested to work right now (as of January 1st, 2016):
To actually setup your VPN to unblock Hulu, check out this comprehensive tutorial of ExpressVPN for both Mac and Android devices. This is just an example VPN provider -- whatever VPN you decide to go with will have a very similar setup process.
At the end of the day, you have a choice to make: do you care more about instant access as quickly and conveniently as possible, or is protecting your online privacy a higher priority?
Depending on what your answer is to this, you should either choose a SmartDNS and dive right into your unblocked Hulu or put time into finding a VPN that unblocks Hulu, knowing that you may be blocked at any moment, but having the solace of knowing your privacy is protected.
Whatever you choice, the great news to ultimately take away from this guide is that you have such a choice! Hulu may be improving its access restrictions all the time, but even if you are located in a remote part of the middle east -- as long as you have an internet connect; you are able to unblock the full US Hulu, legally and easily, in just a few steps.
Let me know what you choose to use for unblocking Hulu outside the US. I love to hear what your experience of getting past this restriction is!