Unblock Hulu Outside the US with a VPN

article by Cheyenne M author
Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services for T.V. shows especially because of the speed at which content is available. Unfortunately, the service is only freely available in the U.S. and Japan. Before we begin, it is better to arm yourself with a VPN client. ExpressVPN would be a good choice.

It’s also one of the trickiest services to unblock because the company tends to inhibit the use of known VPN servers. It’s still possible as long as your chosen VPN service anticipates prohibitive actions and switches out servers frequently. This article outlines everything you need to know about unblocking Hulu.

Unblocking Hulu with a VPN

Before you try unblocking Hulu, it is important to understand why you must use a VPN. They are one of the best platforms at detecting and blocking remote servers, so using an insecure proxy simply will not do. It doesn’t even matter that your traffic is vulnerable to third parties with a proxy and your location detectable, Hulu knows when some paid VPN services are being used. Save yourself trouble and stick to the list we provide later in this article. No matter when you read this, do further research. Hulu-capable services change all the time.

Once you pick the right VPN for Hulu, connection should be easy. Simply log in to your service and connect to a U.S. server from the list provided (recommended over Japan). A green light or something similar should indicate a successful connection. It’s not a bad idea to clear your browser cookies before attempting access. Remember, use instructions provided by your VPN service to supplement this article.

The Best Hulu VPN Services

Aside from the basic ability to remain undetected by Hulu, important considerations when choosing a Hulu VPN are speed, U.S. servers available, and customer service. Here are our top three choices:

This is one of the best services for accessing geo-restricted content on any platform, including Hulu. Its choice of servers in the U.S. is not as extensive as some other services on our list, but 15 choices is certainly adequate. Speed is where this service shines. It’s consistently ranked as one of the fastest services. A tip for maintaining the highest possible speed available to you across any service is to choose a server located in the U.S. city closest to you. 24/7 customer support via live chat means help is always at your fingertips. Some connection logs are kept.  Price: $99.95 annually

300+ server locations in the U.S. blows ExpressVPN’s server choices away. There is no shortage of options for connecting to Hulu. It is also comparable in security and speed, though perhaps not always as fast as its nemesis. IPVanish has a ‘no logs’ policy, slightly better than Express where privacy is concerned. It allows the same high-risk activity, and customer support is 24/7 through a first come first served online ticketing service, not as ideal as live chat. The trade-offs are decently balanced. Price: $77.99 annually

NordVPN has 600+ servers in the U.S, plenty for accessing Hulu. It is also praised for the attention paid to privacy and security. There is a no logs policy and strongly encrypted servers. Speed is adequate but with this service we are always compelled to mention possible issues. There are plenty of servers to choose from, so if you do experience a problem, hopefully it’s easy to fix. High-risk activity allowed. Unfortunately, customer service is done through an online ticketing service or using a database independently. Though not ideal, support is still decent.   Price: $69 annually.

All of these services provide the highest level of encryption on their servers and make OpenVPN protocol available (the most secure option.) Use this article to supplement instructions on how to unblock Hulu provided by your chosen service.

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