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How to watch Hulu in the UK and abroad


Read on to find out what's available on Hulu, what are the different Hulu plans and how to watch Hulu in the UK or abroad

There's no doubt that the UK is home to some of the best streaming services, including Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and even Sky TV for that matter. However, if there's one service we hope we get access to soon it's the US on-demand video service Hulu that's majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company.

While it's easy to lust after content on Hulu, it's worth stating upfront that most of the content available on Hulu is already available to watch in the UK, albeit on different streaming services. Of course, this does not mean that everything is available and Hulu is certainly a brilliant streaming service, if only for the convenience to watch its great line-up of TV shows and movies in one place.

Disney Plus UK recently launched its sixth brand Star in a move that added over 75 TV shows and over 280 movies to the streaming service in the UK overnight. This content included many items that are already available on Hulu in the US, which is not surprising given that Hulu is owned by Disney Plus' parent company.

At present, UK viewers will be happy to know that they can access Hulu provided you have an international credit card or a PayPal account. The service offers a 30-day free trial, after which its cheapest plans start at $5.99/month. For those of you living abroad, your best option to access the streaming service is to use a good VPN service (like ExpressVPN) then go to the Hulu website. You'll still need an international credit card or a PayPal account to create your account and access the service.

People living abroad may not have to wait very long for Hulu to launch internationally as the service could launch in the UK and other countries as early as late-2021, though there isn't a specific time frame that's given yet. We'll be sure to let you know when there is one.

We'll first give you a brief list of the best TV series and films that are currently on Hulu (at the time of writing), then explain the different Hulu plans that can get confusing, before telling you how to watch Hulu in the UK and abroad.

What's available to watch on Hulu

Best TV series currently on Hulu

  • Normal People
  • This Is Us
  • Love, Victor
  • Watchmen
  • A Teacher
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Lost
  • Killing Eve
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • American Horror Story
  • Skins
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Atlanta
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Best movies currently on Hulu

  • Nomadland
  • Parasite
  • The Shape of Water
  • Blood Diamond
  • Dead Poet's Society
  • Bombshell
  • The Social Network
  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  • Gone Girl
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Deadpool
  • Superbad
  • Rocketman
  • Parasite
  • You've Got Mail
  • The Omen

What are the different Hulu plans

We’ll get the most straightforward answer out of the way first: if you’re a US resident, you’ll be able to sign up to Hulu no questions asked (other than your bank details, that is).

US subscribers have three different Hulu subscriptions plans, which are all explained in detail below. Two of these three plans include a 30-day free trial of the service for new subscribers before money is first taken from your account.

The same three plans are also available as a package deal, with ESPN+ and Disney Plus included, though this combo plan is slightly more expensive and doesn't include any free trials.

Hulu Basic: The most basic - and most popular - plan is the Hulu Basic plan which costs $5.99/month or $59.99/year and comes with a 30-day free trial for new subscribers. This plan lets you create up to six user-profiles and stream simultaneously on two devices at the same time, which is the same as what most other UK streaming services offer.

Hulu (No Ads): The only drawback with the Hulu Basic plan is that some TV shows may have ads in between and you can't download content to watch offline. To do this, you'll need to choose the Hulu (No Ads) plan, which costs $11.99/month and also comes with a 30-day free trial.

Hulu + Live TV: The third plan is Hulu + Live TV. As the name implies, this plan includes everything in the Hulu Basic plan as well as Live TV with over 65 channels, a TV guide to navigate the channels and the option to record Live TV with 50 hours of cloud storage. It's worth noting that this plan costs $64.99/month and only comes with a weeklong free trial.

Hulu, Disney Plus + ESPN+ bundle: Since all three streaming services are owned by the same parent company, you also have the option of adding Disney Plus and ESPN+ to each of the three plans mentioned above. The regular price of this plan increases to $18.97/month for the Basic plan, $24.97/month for the Hulu (No Ads) plan, and $77.97/month for the Live TV plan.

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How to watch Hulu in the UK

At the time of writing, UK readers could access all of the above UK plans, provided you have an international credit card or a PayPal account. We can't be completely sure whether you'll then need a VPN service every time you want to access Hulu, but there are two easy ways to watch Hulu in the UK if you're not sure what to do.

The first method is to choose one of the two plans that come with a free 30-day trial, including Hulu Basic and Hulu (No Ads). You can then sign up using your payment details of choice, create an account and check to see whether you can access everything on your devices as promised. If not, simply use one of the VPNs mentioned below, which also come with the same 30-day trials. If you're unhappy, you can simply cancel both your Hulu and VPN subscription within the first 30 days and this won't cost you a penny.

The second method is to subscribe to one of the VPN services mentioned below first. Doing this will then secure your entire connection and ensure that you will definitely be able to access Hulu, at least on your PC. Next, connect your VPN to a US server, sign up for one of the free plans to start off with, and check and see how this works with your VPN. If all goes well, you'll know that Hulu is the right streaming service for you. If you don't, you can simply cancel your Hulu and VPN subscription within the first 30 days without being charged.

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How to watch Hulu abroad: use a good VPN service

Once you have a Hulu membership, you usually need to be physically present in the US in order to access its TV shows. However, US residents travelling abroad can shirk this constraint using a VPN – short for "virtual private network". This method also works if you’re living anywhere else and want to access Hulu; the only caveat being that you will need to subscribe to Hulu using a credit card that’s accepted in the US, or a valid PayPal account.

So whether you’re in Shanghai on business, Europe on your year abroad or the Caribbean on a family holiday, you can access everything Hulu has to offer by simply using a VPN. Our top three VPN choices to watch Hulu abroad are ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Surfshark VPN. All three VPNs support multiple device connections, have a 30-day money-back guarantee, strict no-logs policy, handy online tutorials and 24/7 customer support. All you need to do is purchase the VPN you want, set your location to the US, go to the Hulu website, and log in using your existing account, or create a new one.

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ExpressVPN: Among all the VPN services we've reviewed, ExpressVPN has the fastest speeds and is the most secure. Its entire service has even been audited by an independent audited by PwC to prove that it store any identifiable personal data. The service can be used on five devices at the same time, and there's 24/7 customer support in case you ever need a hand. If you need to test the service, it comes with a 30-days no-questions-asked moneyback guarantee.

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NordVPN: NordVPN is another great option, sharing many of the same traits as ExpressVPN. You can use it on up to six devices at the same time and it, too, takes data protection very seriously, having been fully audited to prove that it doesn’t store or log any identifiable user data. Users love its map-based interface that lets you select the US and then browse Hulu normally as if you were browsing from anywhere in the United States.

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Surfshark VPN: Perfect for those on a shoestring budget, Surfshark VPN is one of the cheapest VPN on a long-term plan that we've seen, but it doesn't compromise on security and features. Its recent update included VPN access to a range of different streaming services, including Disney Plus, HBO, BBC iPlayer and, of course, Hulu. One subscription covers unlimited devices making it a great option for your entire family, and even a group of friends.

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