Is Hulu Available in The UK?
Hulu, in its original form, is currently not available in the UK. There are program licensing contracts, advertising fees, and other barriers to entry in foreign markets that are preventing Hulu from just “opening the doors”.
It is possible to go in the ‘back door’ via an IP changing service, specifically, a VPN service.
You may have tried IP anonymizers or IP changing tools like proxy services to access Facebook at work or school. VPNs work in the same way that they change your IP, but they are a different kind of software. They are used a lot in professional environments like universities, research centers, and businesses to provide people a way to securely connect to a local sever from a remote location.
If you don’t understand that jargon right there, no worries, it doesn’t affect us and what we want to do. Basically, you just need to know that proxies don’t work and VPNs do.
The next step is that you need to find a VPN service with servers in the USA. This is also not difficult because TV and movie streaming sites from the US like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and HBO are popular around the world. Most VPN services offer servers in the US, as well as in the UK (this is useful if you want to watch iPlayer outside the UK).
In the video below, you can see me connect to a US server using HMA. This is the VPN service I recommend most because there are lots of VPN servers to choose from , switching is free, and there’s a 30 day money back guarantee. It’s also one of the cheaper VPN services available.
If you watch the video you’ll notice that I’m in the US and still connecting to a US VPN server. In the video below you can see this user connecting from France. Yes, the video is in French. Actually, it’s the only video I could find of someone actually DISPLAYING the VPN use. Many had testimonials or pictures, but this was the only one with before/after and live VPN sign in.
If you speak French, great. If not, just sit though for a minute or two to see that VPNs actually work.
Now that you’ve seen the proof, here are some more recommendations for VPN services.
Two services now claim to be able to access streaming media sites like Hulu and Netflix. I’m not 100% sold on this yet because Hotspot Shield used to be popular too and now it doesn’t work at all. But this YT video was up in Jan 2013 and still worked so it’s worth a try.
It was mentioned in one of the comments in YouTube that these services no longer work for iPlayer. Hulu is notoriously strict with their firewall, ie blocking IP changing software, so this may or may not work. If you try it, please leave a comment with your results!
I hope these tips and tricks today can help you get access to Hulu in the UK. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to ask.