Updated: March 6th, 2017
If you’re living in Europe or just visiting the continent, you’ll quickly notice that many online programs and services are not available to internet users outside the United States. Services like Hulu.com which offer television & movie streaming services typically have complicated copyright agreements with the movie studios that own the content they stream. These agreements are what prevents people like me and you from accessing Hulu while in Europe.
After moving to Budapest from New York in 2011, I quickly found myself missing the convenience of movie streaming online with sites like Hulu so I decided to look for a solution.
This is where the good news comes in! After a lot of searching I found a really simple way to access Hulu in Europe. I can assure you, you need absolutely no technical experience to get this going and it will literally take you 5 minutes to set it up.
So, if you’re interested in accessing Hulu in Europe, continue reading the rest of this post.
The reason you cannot currently watch Hulu from outside the US is because Hulu uses something called geo-targetting which reads your IP address to determine where you are in the world. If you’re using a US IP address, you’ll be able to watch Hulu without any trouble. However, if you try to access Hulu from an IP address in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, UK, or any other country for that matter, you’ll find that the content will be restricted and you wont be able to use the service.
Therefore, to access and watch Hulu abroad we need to change our IP address to a US IP address.
Don’t worry, this may sound complicated but I promise you that it’s a lot easier than you may think.
By far the easiest way to change you IP address to an American IP address is to use a cheap and easy to use program called a “Virtual Private Network” or “VPN” for short.
The VPN program I use is called ExpressVPN. I’ve been using this program for well over 2 years and I have absolutely no complaints at all. I highly recommend these guys for a multitude of reasons which you can read about here.
ExpressVPN works on any PC or Windows operating system, as well as MAC and Linux operating systems. You can also use it on your Android and iOS devices (yes that means it works on iPhone, iPad, iTouch etc). ExpressVPN also provides you with easy to follow step-by-step installation instructions after signing up.
Don’t worry, setting up the VPN will take you less than 2 minutes. It’s a very simple installation.
After you’ve downloaded and installed the software, it will look a little something like this:
Here is what ExpressVPn will look like if you’re using a Windows:
After installing ExpressVPN, you’ll have immediate access to more IP addresses than you can count (literally tens of thousands of address from all over the world). One of the main reasons why I absolutely love ExpressVPN is because they also always adding new servers and IP address for their customers to use.
Once you’ve entered your username and password and selected your new location, all you need to do is click the “connect” button and your IP will show up like you are in the US and Netflix, along with other US-based websites, will work perfectly.
After you’ve connected you VPN and you now have an American IP address, head over to Hulu and signup for the service.
Click here to go ahead and signup for ExpressVPN to start watching Hulu in Europe now.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below!
Cheers & Enjoy!