Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.
The best thing about this software is that it’s completely free, ad and spyware free (although there are prompts during the install to setup toolbars, set your default search provider and change your homepage, which I always uncheck), it is also lightweight and compatible with Mac OSX and all versions of Windows from XP up. There is also a prompt about “Recommended Additional Protection” services at the end of the install, not needing any of it I unchecked all of the boxes and completeled the installation, installing the services are up to you however.
Hotspot shield is a free VPN; Virtual Private Network service designed to protect your privacy while you are surfing the internet. It also fools any website’s you are visiting into thinking that your connection is coming from America.
After you have downloaded and installed Hotspot Shield it could not be easier to use, upon running the program you will notice a small shield icon appear in your toolbar. Simply right click on the shield icon and click “Connect / ON”, the shield should turn yellow while it is connecting and then green to indicate that it is connected. Start your internet browser, head to Hulu and enjoy!
To avoid any interruption I would suggest that you Disconnect hotspot shield once you have finished watching Hulu.
So far I have confirmed it working Australia and information from other users in Canada being successful using this method.
Thanks for reading!
Just a side note, although I have not tested it yet, this method should also work on other websites that limit their videos to American viewers.