While one would imagine that the UK would support all major streaming platforms, in reality, it supports very few as while it allows you to watch BBC iPlayer without a problem, Hulu is not available in the UK, and neither is the London based DAZN. But why is Hulu not available in the UK? We’ll answer that, and then we’ll show you how to set up Hulu in the UK.
When it comes to why Hulu is not available in the UK, there are a few factors involved with the biggest one being that other platforms whether that’s Netflix or a TV channel such as BBC own either rights or exclusive rights to shows and movies in the UK. While Hulu might be able to stream a particular show in the US, it might not be able to do so in the UK. If a bunch of channels bid for exclusive rights to show a certain show in the UK, no other company can come in to show that show. These kinds of agreements often limit platforms like Hulu and DAZN from coming into other countries.
We all know that ultimately you care more about how to set up Hulu in the UK than why is Hulu not available as ultimately you just want to be able to watch it, and there are 3 steps needed to be taken for that.
You probably never imagined that you’d be reading a tutorial on how to create an account on a site. Luckily, the process itself is pretty easy.
The catch? That if you want to set up Hulu in the UK, you need an American card. No exceptions.
However, we do have a few suggestions that still require an American card, but that could make it easier for you:
Any of these options should work. What won’t work is getting a gift card as while Hulu gift cards are an option in the future when signing up, you aren’t given any options around using a Hulu gift card.
Getting an American card is without a doubt the hardest part of this process and a reason for why many do not set up Hulu in the UK, but fooling Hulu into thinking that you are in the US is the most important step of this guide as if you use the wrong tool, Hulu either won’t work or will stream in quality that won’t be watchable.
The way you fool Hulu? With a VPN.
VPN services allow you to change your location without moving. You select the region that you want to connect to, and well, that’s it.
But while there are many VPN services out there, as far as accessing platforms like Hulu, HBO NOW, or DAZN, there are only a few options out there because these services make efforts to prevent VPN services from working. We talked about why is Hulu not available in the UK. The main reason was due to the lack of rights to shows and movies. With a VPN, someone can access a Hulu show with ease. That show might be distributed exclusively by a particular TV channel in the UK. Why would someone pay for a package that includes a certain channel if they can get Hulu for much cheaper? And that results in a bunch of companies pressuring the likes of Hulu, DAZN, and even Netflix.
PrivateVPN is a service that works with Hulu. After all, if it didn’t, we wouldn’t be publishing this post. It also works with DAZN and supports the most Netflix regions on the market, while providing speeds that you are already used to which might or might not be great news for you if your internet is bad.
It’s just a 60-second registration followed by connecting to a Hulu supported server.
And that will allow you to set up Hulu in the UK or anywhere on this planet for that matter. Although that depends on your device. On specific devices, you do also need an app, and if you don’t have an American app store, Hulu most likely won’t be in that store right away. For solving those issues, continue reading.
On Android devices, you are pretty flexible as far as options of downloading Hulu to set it up go.
Whether on an iPad or an iPhone, when it comes to setting up Hulu in the UK on Apple devices, you need to first sign out of your current iCloud account in the settings section of your device.
After you sign out of your current account, you need to create a new one, with the location of this new account being in the US.
Yes, in theory, it’s possible to change your region with your current account, but if you do that, you will lose everything you have so don’t do that.
After you create a new account and download Hulu, you can sign back into your old account, if you wish.
That should let you download Hulu. In certain cases, you might need to remove your current method of payment or otherwise you will need to add an American method of payment.
If you are wondering whether you can get Hulu on the likes of Apple TV or the Chromecast, you can’t. These platforms don’t support VPN services.
Rights to content are an issue for Hulu any many other platforms hence why Hulu is not available in the UK and why it most likely won’t be for a very long while. Even though some sites would suggest so. Nut with that said, it’s very practical to set up Hulu in the UK, Canada, South Africa, or wherever you choose to be, if you can get an American card, a VPN that works with Hulu, and can trick your app store into letting you download Hulu.
Written by Michael Smolski.