You probably saw the news on the internet saying Hulu might be coming to the UK very soon. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get Hulu in the UK in 2020 because Hulu is not going to be available in the UK in 2020. What you saw are clickbait titles trying to create a story that isn’t there.
That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get Hulu in the UK in 2020. Hulu in the UK is possible with the right tricks, and a pinch of patience.
With three steps:
Wondering why Hulu is not available in the UK? It’s the same reason for why DAZN is not available in the UK, even though DAZN is a UK company.
Rights to content.
Just like Netflix, Hulu does not own most of its content meaning, it needs to sign contracts that often involve a lot of money, in order to show that content.
And that gave Hulu two options:
They chose the second option.
And perhaps rightly so.
It allowed Hulu to offer a great package to a very big region, which is the US.
Sure, everyone else misses out on that, but at least Hulu can take care of a market very well.
Now, the truth is that Hulu is more likely to be available in the UK in 2020 than in any other year before as Hulu is now owned by Disney, except, while Disney does own Hulu, a lot of content on Hulu isn’t owned by Hulu.
And that’s the key factor that the articles on Hulu coming to the UK failed to mention.
See, Disney+ is indeed coming to the UK.
That’s because Disney owns all the content on Disney+. Whether it’s Marvel, National Geographics, or Fox, it owns these companies, meaning it can do whatever it wants with the content, provided there are no previously signed contracts that get in a way, which is why Disney+ is not available worldwide, yet.
As far as Hulu in the UK goes, that is not the case.
It’s all about paying for rights, and the issue is that a lot of platforms such as Netflix already have the rights to some content that Hulu otherwise shows.
And that’s why Hulu is still not available in the UK, and why this Hulu UK guide will help you get Hulu in 2020.
Hulu needs to see you as someone that’s in a supported region.
For that, you need to virtually change your location.
By virtually changing your location to be in the US, Hulu will see you as someone in the right region.
How do you virtually change your location? By using a VPN.
VPN = Virtual Private Network
With a VPN, you’ll be able to connect to be in the US virtually by simply connecting to a US server.
Except, it’s not quite as simple as that.
See, for Hulu UK to work for you, you need to connect to a virtual server that isn’t just American, but that also works with Hulu.
And that’s the hard part of this as while almost every VPN server has American servers, a lot of them don’t work with entertainment platforms.
That’s where PrivateVPN comes in as a service that focuses on fewer servers but instead makes sure they work with entertainment. As a result, PrivateVPN supports both DAZN, Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, American Amazon Prime, Starz, and many more services that are not available in the UK in 2020.
Just download the app on your device, create an account, and connect to a Hulu supported region.
PrivateVPN isn’t free, but it comes with a 7-day trial that doesn’t even ask for your card.
Unfortunately, free VPN services do not unblock entertainment services, but PrivateVPN has been chosen as the best budget VPN provider for 2020 by the prestigious VPNmentor site, with the only negative feature being mentioned as not to use if: “You want a VPN with a large number of servers.” But at this point, you already know that quantity does not mean quality.
All guides on how to get Hulu in the UK in 2020 mention that you need a VPN.
What just about none mention is that to get Hulu in the UK, you also need a card issued in the US.
...Which is the hardest and most important step.
We went through hours of research to find the best option for people in the UK for Hulu, and here they are:
...But before you do any of these steps, how about you try your own card? Sometimes they just work just like Revolut.
Of course, when registering for a Hulu account in the UK, you will also need to provide a US zip code, which you can get by searching for a zip code generator.
When registering for a Hulu account, even if just for a trial, it’s important to have some funds on the account. Hulu needs to take a small sum, which it instantly refunds to verify the card.
On your laptop, you can watch on your web browser.
You can, in theory, also do that on your phones by downloading Google Chrome and enabling Desktop Site.
But you might prefer having the app, or might need to have one if you want to watch Hulu on your TV.
You can sign back into your old account after you create an account, and everything will still be there.
As far as Apple devices go, it’s important to create a new account when trying to download Hulu. If you just change your region, you will lose everything.
Alternatively, just search for Hulu.apk on Google and download Hulu that way. As long as it’s from a trusted source.
Unfortunately, TVs are quite limited as far as being “smart” goes. Sure, they have Netflix, but just like Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, they don’t support VPN servers meaning that you won’t be able to watch Hulu on them.
And that’s where getting one of the Amazon Fire TV Stick devices comes in.
That’s how you can get Hulu on your TV.
There is, of course, also the option of getting a VPN on your router, and doing it that way, but that’s a method that most routers cannot handle well, which is why we recommend you get a Fire TV Stick.
Due to rights issues, Hulu is not going to be available in the UK in 2020. 2021? Maybe.
Written by Michael Smolski.
Disclaimer: While Hulu works with PrivateVPN, due to the nature of VPN services being a target of platforms like Hulu, just like other services, we cannot guarantee that PrivateVPN will work with Hulu at all given times.