For fans of modern television shows aired in the US, there are few streaming services NZ residents have access to. Globally, though, there is plenty of content streaming sites to choose from – one of the top ones being Hulu Plus.
Its library focuses on prime time American television shows (both current and former) such as Glee and Modern Family, and it has plenty of top rated exclusives including the likes of A Day in the Life, Dead Beat and The Awesomes. For me, being able to watch Seinfeld online was the main draw towards Hulu.
The only snag is that you can’t directly get Hulu outside the US, for licensing reasons – it requires extra steps that cost money.
Is Hulu worth it then? Coming from a consummate TV show lover, the answer is a resounding yes.
How to unblock Hulu in New Zealand?
Hulu works by blocking the access of devices that don’t have a US IP address, so to get past this geo-block, you’ll need to make it look like your device does have a US address (even though you’re really in New Zealand!).
This can be done by using a VPN service provider or a Smart DNS Proxy. A VPN will create a virtual tunnel to one of its servers in the US, and all your traffic will go through this tunnel, effectively giving your device the IP address of the server – as far as Hulu’s service is concerned.
A VPN will also encrypt your traffic, so no one will be able to tell what you’re up to.
A Smart DNS proxy, although cheaper and faster than a VPN, because it doesn’t use encryption and only routes selective traffic from your device via a US based DNS server, will also be a bit less secure. However, if you only need it for changing your location to the US so you can unblock Hulu, then you can use it with relative safety.
Moving on to the sign-up process:
– Fire up the VPN or Smart DNS you’ve subscribed to, and set your location to somewhere in the US.
– Go to the Hulu Plus website, and initiate the sign-up process.
– Supply the basic information that is required. For your address, give them a fake US address that can be easily acquired from multiple websites for free.
– In the payment details section, make sure you give a valid method such as an American Express card, or an internationally applicable prepaid card such as Payoneer. A US based PayPal account may also work if the other two are unavailable to you.
Note that your bank may block the transaction because it will appear to have initiated from the United States (since you’re running a VPN/Smart DNS on your device). If that happens, simply contact your bank to confirm that you initiated it, and they’ll unblock it.
After you have completed the sign-up process, you’ll need to download the Hulu Plus app for your particular device. For that, make sure the VPN/Smart DNS is running, and then change your store region to the US.
After the app has been installed, you are all set to enjoy Hulu Plus New Zealand – just be sure to have the Smart DNS / VPN running while running the app.