How to watch Hulu videos if you live outside the US

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The page will refresh and you should see a small square with the status being displayed.
  6. 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.
  7. Now visit 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.
  8. 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.

    HD video in hulu
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  9. 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.

19 thoughts on “How to watch Hulu videos if you live outside the US”

  1. I did get to step 5 with no problem, but the thing never gets connected. I can’t find anything to be done there so I assume something is missing in the settings. Any idea? I use a Mac (Leopard) with Safari.

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  4. I use Vidalia bundle which includes Tor and Privoxy. It can be downloaded FOC, and runs in FF browser.Just install the Tor add on in your firefox and away you go ! Good Luck

  5. I think there goes the saying ..there is no free lunch in this world.

    I have an account with for $10 a month. It is a paid one but at least i am free from any ‘hidden’ agenda from these free-vpn provider.

    So far so good. Solid uptime and i enjoy my hulu session ever since.


  6. hoy (nov 16 2009) ingrese a con en hotsop shield, y este website ya reconoce el uso d e este software y no dera reproducir ningun video

  7. Does any know if this or any other site will work with the new windows 7 I could never get hotspot to wotk on my vista 32???

  8. Are hotspotshield and alwaysvpn banned yet? I wish there was an easier way for me to watch hulu from the EU.. But I guess I will have to settle for paid vpn service like Hidemynet at the moment.

  9. hotspotshild is still working i use it every day from windows 7 64bit to watch hulu tho im looking for a ubuntu option and cant fined any free ones yet

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