Hulu detecting your VPN? Here’s how to fix that!
Hulu has started blocking VPNs from accessing its content. In this article, we explain how Hulu polices its servers against VPNs and also show you what you can do to get around that. Continue reading to find out what you need to do if Hulu is detecting your VPN.
How Hulu Detects VPNs?
Hulu isn’t alone in blocking VPNs from accessing its content. Netflix and BBC iPlayer detect and block VPNs too. The methodology behind how online streaming services blacklist VPNs is pretty simple. It’s basically a numbers game.
VPNs have a lot more customers than they do servers. This is a problem, as each VPN server has its own IP address, just like a normal house or office would do. When too many people (more than an average household) connect via the same VPN server it makes it easy for Hulu to detect and blacklist the IP address.
How to fix!
The fix is pretty straightforward. You need to use a VPN that has IP addresses that aren’t blacklisted by Hulu.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to get around the ban is to use a VPN that stays one-step ahead of the Hulu VPN ban. NordVPN ($2.75/month) and ExpressVPN ($6.29/month) are the two best services for this. I’ve been using NordVPN to stream content from all over the world without any issues since March.
I’ve been using NordVPN ($2.75/month) without any issues since March.
If you don’t mind spending the money, the most effective way to beat the VPN ban is to use a VPN with a dedicated IP. Buying a dedicated IP from a VPN provider means you won’t be sharing your server’s IP address with any other customer. Which means your IP won’t be detected (for abnormal usage) in the first place.
NordVPN offers dedicated IP addresses for $70/year alongside its standard subscription. If that’s too expensive, then you can buy a dedicated IP from PureVPN for $1.99/month, on top of your existing subscription.
Note that PureVPN’s dedicated IP will only work on a PC or a Mac. Setting it up on a mobile requires you to input your connection info into your device’s VPN setting, and you’ll need to speak with a support agent via the website’s Live Chat service to obtain this information.
Why does Hulu block VPNs?
The fact that Hulu blocks VPNs from accessing its content is frustrating for a genuine customer who is travelling outside of the US. However, from Hulu’s perspective, it’s a necessary chore.
Hulu, like Netflix, Amazon Prime and even BBC iPlayer has to buy the right to broadcast content on a territory-by-territory basis. A show that’s available on Hulu in the US, might be available on Netflix in the UK, for example.
This means Hulu needs to protect who is connecting to its servers in order to satisfy their agreement with the rights holders. If Hulu can’t stop the majority of people from using cheap VPNs to bypass geo-restricted content – there’s a chance they’ll have to buy global licenses in future. Which will be a lot more expensive than the license to broadcast content in just America.
Blocking VPNs is, therefore, a cost-effective way for Hulu to ensure the price of acquiring content doesn’t dramatically increase.