If you love entertainment especially the TV type then you’ve likely heard of Hulu. If you haven’t, where have you been? With that in mind many people wonder how they can watch Hulu overseas.
Our guide will take you through the extremely simple steps on how to achieve this whether you’re an expat American or just a viewer outside the US who wants to access the great content available on Hulu.
What the hullu is Hulu?
Hulu is a US online entertainment streaming website that is restricted for use within the United States. As of June 2018 it is the 232nd most popular website in the world and with it being blocked outside the United States it means many Americans know the value of the excellent content that is available.
Hulu offers free content from Fox, NBC, CW, ABC, Comedy Central plus a whole host of other networks. If you like watching Family Guy, South Park, Law & Order, Grey’s Anatomy, Brooklyn Nine Nine and a lot of other excellent American TV then Hulu is certainly the website for you.
Why is Hulu restricted?
Hulu is restricted to the United States which means if you’re an expat, travelling on vacation, away on business or just outside the United States for whatever reason then you can’t watch Hulu directly.
Most content providers around the world only offer their service to a specific region, Hulu does this by restricting access to the site to internet connections based within the United States.
Your internet connection is assigned an IP Address which is unique to you at the time of connection and from this the Hulu website and others can tell where you’re located. If you’re in the US then you’ll be able to watch Hulu without issue but if you’re overseas then you’ll be hit with a big fat blocked message.
Fortunately there is a way to bypass these restrictions and watch Hulu no matter where you are in the world.
How to watch Hulu overseas on a desktop or laptop
To achieve this you need a simple tool called a VPN or Virtual Private Network to give it its full name. There are many providers of this service and some are better than others.
To watch Hulu we used ExpressVPN who are a US company available worldwide that provide a simple program for your desktop or mobile device. Some VPN providers are blocked by Hulu which is why we tested ExpressVPN thoroughly before recommending it and can confirm they work.
All you need to do is sign up for an account, download and install their app, connect to a US connection and then head over to Hulu. You’ll now be able to watch Hulu overseas with minimal fuss and hardly any set-up requirements.
ExpressVPN will cost you a couple of dollars per month but if you sign up for their 12-month package you’ll get 3-months free which makes the service nearly half the price over paying monthly.
If you’ve got a Hulu Plus account then this works fine too but if not you can stream US content for free no matter where in the world you are.
What about my iPad, iPhone or Android
All three of the providers mentioned earlier in this article provide apps for iOS and Android meaning your iPad and iPhone are covered as well as any other Android devices such as tablets and phones you may have.
As long as you can access the Hulu website or download the Hulu app before you leave the US then the VPN providers app will allow you to unblock Hulu overseas just as it would for your desktop.
One other bonus to mention is you can watch on more than one device at one time so if you and your wife or husband want to watch on a laptop and your kids on a tablet then this is entirely possible and you only need the one VPN account to do that saving you money and keeping you entertained while outside the US.