Hulu has proven itself to be a viable competitor to other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
But there’s one problem.
It’s currently not available for anyone living outside the United States. And that’s really disappointing considering how awesome Hulu’s content library is.
So what does that mean for you if you live in other territories? Does that mean you can’t enjoy what Hulu has to offer?
Here’s the good news:
There is a way to watch Hulu outside the US. And it’s not really that hard to do. By the end of this post, you should have all the information you need to access Hulu no matter where you are in the world.
What Is Hulu?
But first, what is Hulu? Since not everyone in the world can use the streaming platform by default, not everyone knows what Hulu is and what shows you can watch there.
Hulu is an on-demand streaming service where you can browse and watch TV shows and movies. But it’s more than that. This platform also gives you access to a number of networks including A&E, ABC, NBC, FX, E!, National Geographic, Fox, and more.
These are the same reasons that not having access to Hulu is so frustrating for those who don’t live in US territories. It’s packed with so many shows and movies that you can watch for one monthly fee.
Why Should You Watch Hulu?
Hulu has plenty of features that make it worth your time and attention. Here are some of the reasons why you might love Hulu.
Reason #1: You Can Buy Add-Ons
You can make your Hulu account more powerful by adding more networks to your account. You can add HBO ($14.99/month), Showtime ($10.99/month), Cinemax ($9.99/month), and Starz ($8.99/month).
Reason #2: You Can Purchase the Disney Bundle
Disney+ is one of the more interesting streaming services to come out in recent years. It packs all of Disney’s properties—which includes Marvel and Star Wars—in one place. But if you’re considering subscribing to Disney+, you might want to subscribe to Hulu instead.
Because Hulu has a Disney+ bundle. Not only can you get access to Hulu programs, but you also get access to Disney+ and ESPN+.
That’s great value for $12.99/month.
Reason #3: You Can Stream on More Than One Device
Yes, you can use Hulu to watch two different shows at the same time. This is the ideal situation if you’re living with a partner or have kids who’d like to watch another show while you’re using the service.
And if you need more, there is an Unlimited Screens Add-On but you’d have to be a Live TV Hulu subscriber to avail that option.
Here’s a list of shows on Hulu that you can watch as you sign on to the service. As with most streaming platforms, show lineups can change at any time. So if any of these shows interest you, you should subscribe to Hulu right now so you don’t miss out on any of them.
Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as US Marshal Raylan Givens who is reassigned to his hometown, a rural Kentucky neighborhood, after a disagreement with his bosses.
Two cousins, Earn and Alfred, work their way to become rappers in Atlanta. But as their stories progress, they have to overcome race, relationship, and economic issues.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Hulu Original tells the story of a woman that’s forced to become a concubine in a dystopian future in order to survive.
One of HBO’s biggest hits, Westworld takes place in the near future where humans can indulge their wildest fantasies.
What We Do In the Shadows
This comedy follows three vampires who have lived in Staten Island for over 100 years.
These five shows barely tough the surface. Hulu has a lot more to offer including original programs that you won’t find anywhere else.
Hulu has dramas, comedies, documentaries, and shows for children.
Given that Hulu’s plans start at $5.99/month, you could say that becoming a subscriber is worth the price of admission. This is especially true if you tend to consume a lot of content at any given month.
And if you’ve considered joining the cord-cutting movement but feared that streaming services don’t have much to offer, think again. Services like Hulu can keep you entertained just like any cable service provider.
Plus, you get the benefit of streaming any of these shows at home or while you’re on the go.
How to Watch Hulu Outside the US
If you want to start watching Hulu today, you don’t need to buy special equipment or install any software.
The only thing you’ll need to do is subscribe to a Smart DNS or a VPN service provider like Getflix.
For those who are unfamiliar, VPN stands for virtual private network. It’s best known for securing your activity online. However, you can also use it to bypass regional blocks that prevent you from accessing services like Hulu.
Once you’re subscribed to Getflix, you can configure your DNS settings to get Hulu to work on any of the devices you plan on using.
If that sounds complicated, rest assured that it’s not.
We’ll walk you through the process.
Step #1: Subscribe to a Getflix Free Trial
Getflix has a 14-day free trial for first-time users. It doesn’t require you to enter your credit card details. All you’ll need is an active email address.
After you enter your email address, check your inbox. Getflix will send you a confirmation email. Click the specified link in the email to finish the registration.
Once complete, you will have access to the Getflix dashboard.
Step #2: Locate Your DNS Server
From your dashboard, check your IP Address Status. Unless something unforeseen happened during the setup stage, your IP address should be labeled as registered.
Do note that your IP address could change over time depending on your ISP provider. If that happens, there a force update button that you could press to restore the connection.
Next, scroll down a bit and you should find your DNS status.
Unlike your IP address, your DNS settings should not be configured at this point.
Here’s how you update your DNS settings.
You need to find the DNS server closest to your region/country. Here’s a list of DNS servers you could use. If you live near Spain, for example, then you should use 126.96.36.199 as your DNS server.
Step #3: Change Your DNS Server
You have two options. You can change the DNS server through your router or change the DNS server on every device you intend to use.
What’s the difference?
Updating your router will ensure that any device connected to it can access Hulu. This is the more convenient route. However, those who are not familiar with their router settings might find this process inconvenient. But if you plan to update your DNS through your router, consult your user manual as every brand is different.
The easier method would be to change the DNS settings on your device.
For now, we’ll show you how to update the DNS server on Windows computers.
Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
Go to View Your Active Connections and click Connections. If you’re using Ethernet, your connection will show Ethernet. Those who use WiFi will see Wireless Network Connection instead.
In the window that will pop up, click Properties.
This will trigger another window to open. Open the Networking tab. From the list of connections, look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
Once selected, click Properties.
Go to the General tab. You should find a field labeled Use the Following DNS Server Addresses. There, you’ll see two empty fields.
In the Preferred DNS Server field, enter the DNS server you selected (the one closest to your location). If you found another DNS server that’s also near you, you can enter it on the Alternate DNS Server field.
Once finished, click OK.
That’s it. You should now have access to Hulu. Go back to the Getflix dashboard and check your DNS status to confirm.
Step #4: Activate Your VPN (Optional)
If you skipped the free trial and signed up for a Getflix plan straight away, you should have the option to activate your VPN.
Turning on your VPN not only secures your activity online, but it also prevents cybercriminals, ISP providers, and government agencies from tracking your movements while browsing the web.
It’s an additional layer of security that will give you peace of mind.
There’s a growing demand for VPN services because of the online security it provides. It also gives users a chance to bypass regional locks that prevent them from accessing streaming services and content that are exclusive to certain countries.
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