Hulu Plus in Canada
As I covered in a previous post, it is possible to access Hulu in Canada by using a VPN. In this post, I'd like to cover in a bit more detail how to access Hulu Plus in Canada. It's a little bit different.
Free Hulu in Canada
The free version of Hulu only allows you to watch some of the latest episodes of select TV shows Many are available, and if you keep up with your favorite shows, it's a great deal because you can typically find them on Hulu less than 24 hours after they air on television.
That being said, you won't get access to older episodes, movies, or select shows. For me, the free version of Hulu is enough, but for an avid TV watcher, the $7 or $8 fee per month for a Hulu Plus subscription is TOTALLY worth it. I'm a movie person, so I gladly pay $8 a month for Netflix, and even use Amazon Prime sometimes (Amazon Prime can't really compare to Netflix, but I have Prime anyway for the free 2 day shipping)
Hulu Plus in Canada
To sign up for Hulu Plus, you need a credit card. Actually, you need a US credit card. Unlike Netflix which accepts credit cards from pretty much anywhere, AND accepts Paypal, Hulu has some restrictions on how you can pay. I was originally able to access Hulu Plus (I did the free trial while in China) through Paypal, so I suggest this route first if you have a Paypal account.
If you don't , your Canadian credit card probably won't work. You might need an American one.
There's actually a service that provides prepaid US debit cards for accessing sites like Hulu, Netflix, and other IP restricted sites in the US. Basically, you pay first, they give you a temporary use debit card (which works much like a credit card), and then you can officially use a “US address” associated with the card.
It's a pretty nifty little service, and it must be popular because I can see that there are lots of sales being made via Mr. VPN.
It also might be possible to buy yourself a gift card. You can get this from http://www.amazon.com. I'm unsure if you'll be able to get one from the Canadian version of Amazon, or if the US Amazon will ship to Canada. I think the debit card option mentioned above is better and cheaper (no shipping needed), but if that isn't an option for whaterver reason, you can try the gift card route.
Remember your VPN
Remember that you'll still need a VPN service to switch to an American IP. Unfortunately, this means you'll have to pay another fee on top of the Hulu one, but if you get a cheaper VPN service like PandaPow, it'll cost you less than $20 per month for everything, and then you'll have unlimited access to all the American TV shows available on Hulu.
How much would you pay per month for a subscription to satellite TV or premium channels with American shows? Probably more. Downloading is always an option but as with any of those types of download, you risk viruses, low quality formats, and wasting several days getting a set of DVDs that end up being dubbed in Russian. Bummer.
In my book, convenience and quality at a higher price wins over bootlegged malware. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.