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hulu-sling Hulu and Sling are two great websites for watching high quality movies and TV shows. Both offer plenty of movies (see here and here) and a number of currently popular TV shows to choose from. You can even get watche latest epsiodes for popular TV shows like Heroes, House and Prison Break – all without paying a dime.

There is nothing to download or install, just find what you want to watch, hit the full-screen button and enjoy. The only problem is that both sites are US-only and not available for users from outside United States. And that’s exactly what this post is all about, how to watch Hulu and Sling videos from outside United States

Hotspot Shield and UltraSurf

There are two free apps that can help you access Hulu, Sling and any other US-only website even if you’re located outside the United States. These are Hotspot Shield and UltraSurf. Both are free and very easy to setup.

I had a few problems with getting UltraSurf to work, so I will just focus on Hotspot Shield here. Although it might be different in your case, while one works for some it doesn’t work for others, so just try both of them. UltraSurf is easier to setup so better try it first. If it doesn’t work then try Hotspot Shield.

Installing Hotspot Shield

Here is what I would get when trying to watch latest episode of Heroes before installing Hotspot Shield. The message goes: “We’re sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States …”

Hulu - Video Not Available

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And that’s what I got once the Hotspot Shield was up and running.

Hulu - Video Not Available

It worked!

So, how do you set it up?

    1. Go to hotspotshield.com and download Hotspot Shield (direct download link). You might want to consider purchasing a year’s subscription.

    2. Extract the package contents and run the setup file.

    3. Once it’s finished installing, you should notice a new red icon on your Windows Taskbar.

    Hotspot Shield icon

    4. Right-click on the icon and select “Connect” option.

    5. This will open a new browser window where Hotspot will try to connect your computer to a network that it will be using to mask your location and subsequently access Hulu and alike US only sites.

    Configuring Hotspotshield

    6. If everything goes right, in about 10-20 seconds you should be connected.

    Configuring Hotspotshield

    7. Done! Direct you browser either to Hulu or Sling and check it out.

Make sure to disconnect (right click on the Hotspot shield icon in the taskbar) when you’re done watching stuff or you will see a extra banner ad on top every website you visit.

Are you aware of any other tricks or similar tools that can bypass filters on sites like Hulu, Sling or Pandora? Let us know in comments.

  1. tvlinks
    January 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Yes Almost forgot Heroes was coming on! Starting next week or so, thanks for the help.

  2. Paul.M
    December 11, 2009 at 1:18 am

    The serial of Heroes is entertaining and inspiring and grasps your attention immediately. No wonder it has a huge fan base. Each episode of Heroes is interconnected with the previous ones, i.e. there is a followed storyline through the entire season. So, whenever you miss an episode, the order of events gets interrupted and it might be difficult to figure out what exactly was missed, because of dynamic storytelling. This is one reason why many people want to download Heroes episodes and catch up on the missed parts. Watch Heroes

  3. Anonomus
    December 8, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Thanks!! Now i can watch season 9 of scrubs from the uk

  4. deric
    October 6, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Another way is by using G-pass. This is also one great alternative to AOL browser. If you want to know more, I have posted some details on my blog.

    http://camphd.com/change-your-ip-address-to-us-ip-address.html

  5. jas
    August 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

    hey. ive installed hot spot shield. i must say it works great and fast. but thers a problem. after sometime, 5 - 10mins later, it jams my system!! i have to shut down and reload my laptop. and it always happens. any idea why ?

    • Aibek
      August 13, 2009 at 2:56 am

      Sorry, no idea what might be causing this. Didi you tried searching for it on Google and Hotspot Shield site.

  6. Jim
    May 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Pretty sure Hotspot shield is completely blocked now - I got it working with the VPN option the security software I use

    Sorry it's a paid proxy network - if you want you can read about it here.

    HUlu Outside US

  7. Alan
    May 18, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I was very excited to learn that I could watch HULU outside the USA.I then successfully downlaoded Hotspotshield to enable me access. When I tried to access a movie, this is the message I got:

    "Based on your IP address, we noticed you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tooll. Hulu is not currently available outside the US. If you're in the US, you'll need to disable...."

    So what next for me?

    Regards,

    Alan

    • Qualmi
      October 5, 2009 at 7:16 am

      It does the same here.

  8. Mohan Arun
    February 15, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Hotspot Shield not working for me - it stays at "Connect" screen and my network properties changes to "acquiring network address" and does not change at all. I had to remove HSS to get my network connection back. I am using XP with all the current service packs installed. I have not tried ultrasurf though. I also need a way to see US-targetted ads served in Google adwords network. My geo area allows me to see only the ads targetted at my geo area put in my advertisers.

    • Aibek
      February 15, 2009 at 3:18 am

      Sorry mate, can't help you here. It just seem to work for some but not for other. My suggestion would be to try searching Google.

  9. mitto
    February 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

    thank you so much, hotspot shield works perfektly on my mac.

  10. Gilles
    January 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Ultrasurf i got from "u.zip" from the link above is a *virus* according to McAfee.
    Just to warn others...

  11. Jack Clarke
    January 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    If you live abroad and use Firefox why not just find a public proxy from the US? There are hundreds of free proxies just do a Google search.

  12. elia
    January 5, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I usually goto tv-links.cc same as hulu but more newer movies and shows.

  13. bah
    January 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Israeli user here. HSS is extremely slow for me, talking about 350kbps down rate :(

  14. kongleong
    December 31, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I downloaded hotspot shield but i cannot unzip

    ! C:\Documents and Settings\USER\desktop\HSS-1.10-install-anchorfree-76-conduit.zip: Unexpected end of archive

    • Aibek
      January 1, 2009 at 8:30 am

      Did you try unzipping it with some other program?

      • kongleong
        January 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

        finally i got to unzip the file and i know the reason why it is not allowed me to unzip initially. I have nod32 in action when I downloaded the file and once I deactivate the program the file downloaded was able to unzip.
        When I went the HULU it prompted me to sign up upon viewing a movie with adult content, why?

  15. Sidnelsom
    December 31, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Also works on Adultswim

  16. Ally duan
    December 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Good news!

  17. Ally duan
    December 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Good news!

    Now i can watch hulu movies and tv shows. Great!

    i also find a tool named wondershare streaming video recorder , it can download streaming videos from hulu.

    You can have a try.

    http://www.flash-on-tv.com/streaming-video-recorder.html

  18. Asgaro
    December 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Hmm, it seems it still doesn't work here. I live in Belgium.

    But can other UK citizens confirm it's working in their country?

    • Aibek
      December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm

      I can confirm that it works in UK.

  19. asaa
    December 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

    It's now international, it's streaming for me (i'm in the UK) without hotspot shield.

  20. deepak
    December 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

    nice write up....had tried Hotshield before....

    this time it worked...

  21. idodialog
    December 14, 2008 at 2:28 am

    using UltrSurf as per your recommendation - took about 60 seconds to set up, back on Pandora from Australia seamlessly in another 30 seconds, result: HEAVEN
    Can't detect any malware or anything

    • Aibek
      December 14, 2008 at 10:15 am

      good to know :-)

  22. Arjun
    December 7, 2008 at 2:14 am

    hi,
    Should i have sign in to hulu.com ? why i am askin this question is that when i tried to watch a movie it asked me to sign in askin me the zip code of the place to make sure i was in US only.

    • Aibek
      December 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

      I don't know, it has never happened to me. Obviously the signup option is there but it's optional.

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    • Aibek
      December 5, 2008 at 9:11 pm

      YOU ARE WELCOME

  24. Careful
    December 5, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I don't know what's wrong with makeuseof.com lately.
    Most of the software they suggest contain spyware/adware.
    This software(hotspot shield) has been given an yellow rating by Mcafee siteadvisor.
    Use caution before you download anything suggested by this site.

    • Aibek
      December 5, 2008 at 11:25 am

      It's absolutely normal for th Hotspot Shhield to be tagged as adware because it does serve the unsolicited ads. That's the main reason why I recommended to turn it off when not watching Hul or Sling

  25. Tang
    December 5, 2008 at 6:34 am

    pssst... make sure u photoshop with your eyes wide open!!
    everyone can still view at your IP here http://makeuseof.com/images/hotspot-connected.png

    BTW,. nice guide tho.. ;)

    • ddssdf
      December 5, 2008 at 8:11 am

      Are you trolling or are you just retarded?

  26. Steven Frechette
    December 5, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Thanks a lot for that post.

  27. ben
    December 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    like talkimposter and others have mentioned previously, hotspot shield appears to be a mild spyware application where the intent is to make money in advertising not protecting your privacy and data. It does work well on some Os's, but not 64-bit. That, combined with a transfer limit and a really irritating ad banner got me shopping. Like talkimposter, I went with Witopia. I have it running on 64-bit Vista, Ubuntu, Mac OSX , an iPhone and Windows Mobile 6. For the 40 bucks a year, I'm very happy thus far with their service.

  28. jc reyes
    December 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Finally! I finally find something on your website that is truly useful in my quest of wasting company's time.

  29. ntopics
    December 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Hulu and Sling are great entertainment services for free.
    I'm going to take a look at their sites.

    thanks from tony

  30. GaB
    December 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hotspot is great but since I installed it I've new maleware and adware every day...
    Be carefull.

  31. Patrick
    December 4, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield doesn't work on 64-bit systemsThose who are having trouble with the installation (with messages such as TAP VPN Error), or with compatibility with websites such as abc.com or nbc should browse the patricksoon.blogspot.com/2008/09/troubleshooting-hotspot-shield-all.html Hotspot Shield troubleshooting blog. Hotspot Shield is by far the best free vpn, whereas AlwaysVPN and Ultrasurf come in a close 2nd and 3rd as patricksoon.blogspot.com/2008/11/hotspot-shield-alternatives-vpn.html Alternatives to Hotspot Shield.

  32. jodido
    December 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Can't get either one to install/work on my Vista 64 system

  33. Marine
    December 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    The problem with Hotspot Shield and UltraSurf is bot have issues now.
    Hotspot Shield - is a 3GB max transfer per month
    UltraSurf - Doesn't work anymore - it worked for 2 months until Hulu start blocking proxy servers.

  34. Jonathan
    December 4, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    @Tomp: I can't speak for UltraSurf but HotSpot is ad-driven.

    @memals: there's a Mac version of the HotSpot client which has been working well for me.

  35. W. von Baskerville
    December 4, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    You can also try having an onion routing IP forced with TOR
    http://www.torproject.org/

  36. ron
    December 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    how about the other way around? trying to watch BBC shows in the US.

  37. Carlos Martins
    December 4, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Yep... keep in mind that, although they seem to have an ad-based income, any program of this kind could maliciously get all your private data.

    Just be warned...

    Like it was said, there are other VPN services (usually *not* free) suited for this kind of high bandwidth traffic.
    Most free VPNs I know wouldn't provide enough bandwidth to sustain streaming video.

    But if it's working for you and you trust those guys... go ahead. :)

  38. talkimposter
    December 4, 2008 at 11:31 am

    HotSpot Shield is a mild form of spyware. They SHARE your information with third parties.

    A better solution is WiTopia VPN Client. $35 a year per PC and it has a MAC solution too!

    Great performance and a global solution.

  39. arnold
    December 4, 2008 at 11:25 am

    HS Shield won't install properly on my Vista 64 system even in XP compatibility mode. Problem could be that I don't have access to our building's router?

  40. memals
    December 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

    WARNING! article is WINDOWS only, doh!
    epic fail etc etc

    • stan
      December 4, 2008 at 10:51 am

      hotspot shield is also for OS X ... im not sure about linux though.

    • Alx
      December 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm

      Not Quite memals... Those of us running linux are already savvy enough to get around lame ip-based localization.

      gentoo FTW

  41. nokkloom
    December 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I love you! I really do! Don't care about hulu that much, but I can finally listen to pandora again!

  42. Mr. S.
    December 4, 2008 at 10:41 am

    If the video is choppy disconnect HSS as soon as soon as it starts streaming.
    You only need the program running to get past the initial check when you first click the link to the video. Exiting HSS will allow you to stream it much faster.

    • Asgaro
      December 5, 2008 at 8:22 am

      Thanks for this solution!!

      I've tried Hotspot Shield early this year but due to the very slow streaming I haven't used it that much for Hulu.

      But now I will xD

  43. Tomp
    December 4, 2008 at 10:14 am

    A service like this requires enourmous amounts of bandwith. That is not cheap. So they must gain economically somehow from the service. Where? Ads? Or snooping on users traffic and using that for malicious purposes?

    I'm not being ironic - these are questions that I would really like to get an answer too. There are already many secure and reliable VPN services around. But the cost 5-10$/month. So a free service seems plain suspicious.

    • Belal
      December 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm

      Hotspot Sheild basically uses ads that are positioned at the top of the browser.

  44. dumpa
    December 4, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Any equivalent for linux (ubuntu)?

  45. Thomas
    December 4, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Hey there
    Thanks a lot for that post. I'm from Germany and so I'll definately try that one.
    Anyone knows wether that works on Zune.net as well?
    Thx

  46. mrmcmuffin
    December 4, 2008 at 3:02 am

    I set up HSS on my Macbook. Very, very straight forward to do. However, even with a fairly good connection the video is choppy and virtually unwatchable.

  47. William
    December 4, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I'm also in the UK and have an account with cotse.net giving me a whole host of features based around their proxy services.

    This works fine for Pandora but not for Hulu/Sling.

    Any idea why not?

  48. Alcarcalimo
    December 4, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Wow! Finally I can view my fave vids from Youtube and Hulu! Thanks!!!

  49. Belal
    December 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks Aibek, I tried the hotspotshield one first and it didn't work and then I tried Ultrasurf and it also didn't work. I then tried hotspotsheild again and then it worked!! I got Vista so it works on Vista for anyone who wants to know and also I'm from the UK so everyone from the UK can use it also!! Thanks Aibek again!!

    • Ritz
      January 31, 2009 at 11:39 am

      I discovered Hulu on vacations in the US and have been using Hotspot Shield for ages ever since. My only complaint is that in recent times Hotspot has added an annoying feature that disrupts your online experience with advertisements that don't close for a while over you page and basically hold your page hostage-but the IP hidder still works-.

      • zch24
        March 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

        That's the catch!

    • Steven
      March 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      Hey Ritz, try Jaksta as I have found it to work the best and I have tried alot of products.
      jaksta.com

    • Gavin
      April 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I love Hulu plus especially because I can watch the latest episodes 1 day after they air. If you live outside USA like me, you can use UnoTelly or other similar tools to access Hulu Plus overseas.

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