How to Watch Hulu TV Shows & Movies in XBMC [US Only]

Justin Pot 28-01-2012

Watch TV shows and movies from Hulu without leaving the comfort of your couch. If you’ve got an XBMC media center How to Set Up Your XBMC Media Center XBMC may have evolved into Kodi, but if you have an old version installed this guide will help you set it up and get started. Read More you’d be silly to not install this plugin (assuming you live in the US: Hulu is still blocked in all other countries).


A couple weeks ago I discovered that Boxee on the desktop is dead The End of Boxee on the Desktop & What to Use Instead Boxee fans - it's over. There may be more fun to have with the Boxee Box, but Boxee on the desktop isn't coming back. It's time to find something else if you have a computer... Read More . I was disappointed, but was thrilled to discover that XBMC is not only a capable replacement but better than Boxee once you collect some amazing add-ons 5 Amazing Add-Ons for the XBMC Media Center Make XBMC even better by adding these amazing add-ons. Whether you're into TV, sports or gaming, these plugins will help you get the most out of your television. Last time, I lamented the end of... Read More . What I didn’t get working right away was Hulu. So I used the Hulu desktop for that, despite its many faults. No longer. Thanks to a very quick and capable plugin from the Bluecop repository, I now have full access to Hulu from within XBMC. I can even turn off ads if I want, although I don’t think I will.

Using Hulu In XBMC

Load this plugin and you can start browsing immediately. Not sure where to start? Click “Popular“.

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From here you can pick to browse popular shows, episodes or movies. Pull up popular shows and you’ll see a pretty great example of Hulu’s selection:

how to watch hulu on tv


I know: this looks pixelated. It looks much better on a TV screen, if that matters.

Anyway, you can pick a show you want to watch and you’ll see the free episodes available, typically about six.

how to watch hulu on tv

Are you a paying Hulu Plus user? Be sure to log in and get access to complete seasons for a staggering number of shows. You can do this in the settings, where you can also configure the advertising options:


watch full movie hulu

That’s right, this plugin gives you total freedom to customize when and whether you see advertisements. Remember, if Hulu is to remain free it’s vital that people watch the ads, so use this feature wisely or you might end up ruining the fun for everyone.

Installing The Hulu Plugin

Do you want to check this plugin out? There’s only a few steps you need to follow.

  • First of all, on your XBMC computer, download the ZIP file of the Bluecop Repo.
  • Next, open up XBMC and head to the settings, then to the “Add-Ons” section. Pick the option to add a plugin via a ZIP file, then browse to the ZIP file you downloaded.
  • Finally, head to the “Add Add-Ons” section of the settings menu. You’ll find “Hulu” under “Video“. You may need to restart XBMC before it shows up, so don’t panic if you don’t see it. Install Hulu and enjoy your newfound television-related happiness.

Joyful outbursts of laughter, similar to those of a a child with a new video game console at Christmas, are an acceptable reaction but by no means mandatory. Enjoy the free TV shows.


Conclusion – Adding To Favorites

Want quick access to your favorite shows? You can add them to your XBMC favorites easily: just right-click or press “C”  on any show and you can add the show to your XBMC favorites. This means you’ll have a quick shortcut to to your show, though where this shortcut lives depends on your XBMC theme.

So, is this plugin useful for you? As always I’d be happy to hear from you, and to hear of any other add-ons I need to check out. I learn a lot from you guys.

Related topics: Hulu, Media Player, Online Video, Television.

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  1. Dwayne Brown
    July 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for this tip!! XBMC FTW! =D

  2. Adubb Ferras
    July 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

    If your outside of the United States you can still access Hulu. I've got it up and working in Canada I'm using [Broken URL Removed] and its working pretty well with Hulu + XBMC (bluecop repo)

  3. BESTdesiTV
    June 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I am using ht tp:/ /unblock-us . com/2529 . htm (delete spaces from link) and it work great for HULU, Netflix US, BBC iPlayer etc on apple tv in Canada, they have 7 days trial and $4.99/month then. I changed my router setting with them and now I can use device connected with my router or you can also set these DNS setting in your device when outside? of your router range.

  4. BESTdesiTV
    June 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I am using and it work great for HULU, Netflix US, BBC iPlayer etc on apple Tv xbmc lpugin in Canada, they have 7 days trial and $4.99/month then. I changed my router setting with them and now I can use device connected with my router or you can also set these DNS setting in your device when outside? of your router range.

  5. Dsfsdfsd
    March 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    hulu desktop work easily with a  remote?

    • jhpot
      March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      It does for me, but it may depend on your remote.

  6. sneakily1
    January 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    You can also just use the plugin that executes external programs and just point it to HULU desktop. I use that for all kinds of things (Hyperspin, individual emulators, games, etc).

    • jhpot
      January 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Another good idea. Hulu desktop is okay, but I like an integrated experience. 

  7. Richard Servello
    January 29, 2012 at 4:17 am

    when I try to run it it says script failed.  Any ideas?

    • jhpot
      January 30, 2012 at 12:39 am

      It's working for me, so I'm not sure. What version of XBMC are you using? I'm using the Eden beta.