UPDATE: On January 1st, 2018 I can confirm this solution still works. The tool I use in this guide is called ExpressVPN. Feel free to comment below, or go check it out by clicking here. I use ExpressVPN because it is the only one I've found that still currently works to get Hulu Plus in Canada.
To get that Hulu Plus Canada unblock working do this right now:
- 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
Average time to complete full solution: 3 Minutes max
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 Canada unblocked in less than 10 minutes. Let's go!
Why is Hulu Plus not Available in Canada?
Is Hulu available in Canada? Nope. 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. Yes, this also means it is not possible to get Hulu Plus is Australia or the UK either. Boo!
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 - and they block any and all IP addresses located in Canada.
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 Hulu Plus Canada unblocking!
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 make Hulu Canada available from, that let's your securely and quickly connect to the Internet through a private network from any location you choose.
To explain in simple terms exactly how a VPN manages to do this, you can check out this little visual description I put together below:
As you can see, a VPN essentially creates a bridge between your device and the internet. To put this a bit more technically, when you connect to a VPN on your smartphone of laptop or smartTV (or any other device with an internet connection), then instead of that device connecting directly to the nearest server provided to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), your connection is instead re-routed to a server provided by your VPN service.
The server you connect to is up to you, as you have full choice over "where" the server you connect to is located.
Although there are some other methods that allow you to change your IP address, very few give you the location options that a VPN does, and in addition to that, you also get a super high level of encryption placed on your connection the moment you are connected to a VPN. This means your online activity and data is privacy protected.
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
Step one is pretty straight forward. All you need to do is jump over to the VPN service provider's website and sign up to use the software.
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.
In this confirmation email you will also be prompted to then go ahead and download the VPN software onto any and all the devices you plan to get Hulu Plus Canada unblocked on.
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 get Hulu in Canada unblocked on is compatible with ExpressVPN 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.
Also, it is worth considering that you download the VPN software directly onto your home internet router. This way, when you connect to the VPN thereon, your entire home internet connection will be on the software, allowing you to get your Hulu Canada unblock solution on any device that you connect to your home internet on. This is includes allowing you to get Hulu Plus on Wii and other gaming consoles. Pretty cool, right?
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.
To give you a visual idea of how the software actual looks, I went ahead and downloaded then installed it onto my Macbook.
Here's a quick snapshot of what connecting to ExpressVPN looks like on my Macbook through the connection process:
Additionally, I wanted to have the Hulu Plus Canada unblock setup on my Android smartphone mobile device, so I also went to the Google Play Store and got the app installed on my smartphone.
If you want to get the app downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad, as you can expect, it is simply a case of jumping over to the iTunes store, searching for "ExpressVPN" and you will see the app pop up atop the results.
From there it's like any other app download. Just download it and go through the quick auto-install process, then launch the app, pop in your login details and you're good to go.
Here is a quick snapshot of how it looks when I have the app open on my Android smartphone device:
As you can see, it's super clean and clearly very easy to navigate around. You basically only need to use two features on the software:  Choose a location from the server list (which will be a US-based one for this solution) and  Hit the "Connect" button. Simple!
Quick note: You of course will not be connecting to a UK-based server location on the VPN like it shows in the above screenshots. This was just me connecting to the first suggested location when I turned on the app. To get the Hulu Plus Canada unblock you will want to choose a server located within the US.
After having done the download and installation step, you're next step is the final one:
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
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.
Next, open your ExpressVPN software and connect to a US server.
Once connected, go to your newly opened browser and navigate to your Hulu Plus account.
You will now be able to access and watch Hulu Plus from Canada! Enjoy!
So there you have it. Is Hulu available in Canada? Nope. Can you unblock it? Absolutely. Pretty simple, right? In just 4 minutes or less, 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 any service unblocked in Canada that I have personally reviewed and recommend most:
Express is definitely the superior VPN service provider to go with for this solution, as I check every single week to see which of the above 5 providers are successfully unblocking and giving access to Hulu Plus in Canada - and without fail, ExpressVPN has consistently done this for the last 2 years.
The other 4 are good at this, but not as consistent as Express, in my personal experience.
Before I conclude this guide altogether, I do want to give you as full a solution as I can with this. A common question I am asked with this solution is whether a VPN is the only way to achieve this fix. The answer is technically no. Let me explain...
What other options are there for getting the Hulu in Canada unblock fix?
Although I cannot recommend using a VPN enough for this solution, there is one other option you can consider trying out to get Hulu Plus in Canada. This would be to use what is known as a SmartDNS provider.
So to give you a quick alternative option, I will run through what a smartDNS service actually is, what it does, and why it is a viable method to achieve this solution. Let's do this quickly right now...
Using a SmartDNS to get Hulu Plus in Canada in 2017:
A smartDNS service works in much the same way that a VPN service does. You connect to a piece of software that allows you to control your IP address, and thus gives you the opportunity to bypass blocks on services like Hulu Plus while you are located outside the US.
The main difference between a VPN and a smartDNS comes down to the technical process used to allow that IP address changing.
As we have already established from this guide, when you use a VPN, you are connecting to a server of your choice from the VPN provider's private list, and once you do so - you are having a seriously high level of encryption placed on your connection. So you online data is privacy protected to the highest level.
This is the difference between the two. You see, when you connect to a smartDNS, you are also connecting to one of their private servers of your choosing, however you get zero privacy encryption placed on your online data when on that DNS. Therefore none of your online activity or data is being privacy protected. Any third party entity can monitor, track and store your online behaviour and connect it directly to your physical location and identity.
In today's surveillance-heavy and privacy-invasive online world, this is why we strongly suggest going with the VPN as your solution to get Hulu Canada unblocked. The difference in price between a VPN service and a smartDNS service is so small that it really does just make sense to go with the VPN.
Regardless of whether you decide to forfeit your online privacy and go with a smartDNS, or decide to double-down and pay the extra couple of dollars for a VPN -- you will absolutely be able to effectively get the service unblocked in Canada by following the steps laid out in this quick guide.
Should you have any question, comments, feedback or reviews of this process of your own, then definitely go ahead and enter a comment in the comments section below.
I love to hear from my readers and although I regularly update the solution in this guide literally every week - it always helps to hear how the solution is working for other fellow unblockers.
For now, thanks again and enjoy watching Hulu Plus in Canada!