Hulu outside the US
Written by: Peter
Last modified: September 10, 2011
This past summer, I spent the year in Asia without being able to access the greatest US television and movie online streaming site – Hulu. At first, I thought I could handle not getting Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, the Good Wife, but realized that Asian program just did not cut it for me.
Every time I tried to access hulu, I would receive the black screen telling me ‘Unfortunately, hulu is not available in your area’ which was frustrating but I quickly figured out a solution.
Hulu outside the US in 2 very easy steps
- Find and sign-up for a reputable and fast US-based VPN to stream.
Note: My personal favorite is US-based VPN – Streaming VPN. I’ve tried other VPNs, but found that these guys were all around the best based on price, speed and ease of use
- Connect to the US-server of the VPN and you are done! No more restrictions and welcome to Hulu. In fact, you can get any American websites (e.g. NBC, ABC, CNN, MTV)
How does it work?
According to technology guru Bruin Online at the University of California, a VPN by definition is a ‘virtual private network’ that uses primarily public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or traveling users access to a central organizational network. Basically, what happens is that a VPN gives you a local IP address (US-based) so that you can access US content. Yes, it is that simple.
Other added benefits of a VPN include:
- Maximum Internet security in a public Wi-Fi portal (i.e. at Starbucks, a library, airport etc.) protecting yourself from Internet password thieves. VPNs use a 256-bit data-encryption.
- Unblocking websites from the corporate firewall if you are blocked at work from accessing certain internet sites (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, twitter)
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