Using the free (but ad-sponsored) software Hotspot Shield you can create a connection via a virtual private network (VPN) to “trick” Hulu into thinking your PC/Mac is in the United States. Continue reading for a walkthrough on using Hotspot Shield.
- Hotspot Shield runs on the following operating systems:
* Windows Vista
* Windows XP
* Windows 2000
* Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard)
* Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger)
So assuming you have one of those, proceed to the Hotspot Shield download page.
- Save the file to your desktop, and when the download has completed, run the setup file (OS X users will just have to drag Hotspot Shield to their Applications folder).
- Now run Hotspot Shield. Windows users will notice a small red icon in the system tray. OS X users will see a red icon in the menu bar.
- Your browser will pop up a new window/tab and you’ll be prompted to click a Run Hotspot Shield button. Give it a click.
- The page will refresh and you should see a small square with the status being displayed.
- Once connected, the red icon will turn green, and the web page will once again redirect. This time to a sponsor/advertiser. You can close that window/tab now.
- Now visit hulu.com. You’ll notice a “tab” across the top of the web page – this is how Hotspot Shield makes money – an ad will be displayed at the top of each site you visit, unless it’s a secure site (https). You can close the ad banner by clicking the red Close X.
- And now enjoy watching Hulu videos! As long as you remain connected to the Hotspot Shield service, Hulu (and all other web pages) will think that your PC/Mac is connected to the Internet in the US.
- To quit Hotspot Shield, right-click the system tray icon and select Quit. OS X users click the red Hotspot Icon in the menu bar and select Quit.