Hulu Plus Canada – The Essential Guide To Getting Hulu Plus in Canada
So you want Hulu Plus Canada do you… We’re not surprised since after we showed you how to get Hulu in Canada which made so many of you happy.
What it also did is made some of you want more. We got emails, comments, carrier pigeon messages and telegraphs asking “how can I get Hulu Plus in Canada?”
Don’t get us wrong… we get it. Hulu is awesome but Hulu Plus is awesome plus and we all want access to it up here in Canada.
For those of you must know, there is so much more beyond our weak attempt at humor (“awesome plus” <— did I really just write that?) . There is a big difference between hulu and hulu plus.
Hulu plus is a subscription based service and before you let the $7.99/month scare you away, just keep reading. Hulu plus is the first and only internet streaming video site to offer full seasons (both current and back seasons) of all the hit TV shows you want to be able to access anytime, anywhere.
There are 3 main things that are different between hulu and hulu plus and they are:
- Content – hulu offers the latest 5 episodes while hulu plus offers the entire current season plus all of the previous seasons and episodes. Hulu plus gives you “marathon” capabilities while hulu simply offers you the 5 most recently aired episodes.
- Device access – hulu plus is available on your internet ready TV in all of 720p HD glory. It is also available through your blu-ray, PS3 and other gaming devices, STBs, iPhones, iPads and so many other mobile devices. Hulu is only available on your computer.
- Video Quality – Hulu plus is HD (when available) while hulu is standard def.
The two reasons most people want to be able to get Hulu Plus Canada is so they can watch, on demand, more than the 5 most recent episodes. For example, if you have hulu plus you can watch all 9 seasons (174 episodes) whenever you want, wherever you want as shown below:
The other reason is people want to be able to use their set top boxes, iPhones, iPads etc. to access the Plus sizes of Hulu..
Before We Get Started
You have a choice to make as we move forward with this guide and it hinges on how hard you want to have to work and how soon you want to be able to watch Hulu Plus.
Option 1, is the premium package were everything is done for you. (This is the option we recommend)
Option 2 is, what we like to refer to as, The DIY package. You need to go to the store, buy the prepaid credit card, set up this, set up that.
The choice is yours my friend… Click on the guide you’d like to follow:
My Personal Recommendation: Invest in the “done for you” method. The “DIY” method can be a major headache and can take 1-2 hours (or more) to get yourself set up. With the “done for you” method your very own Hulu Plus account gets delivered instantly which means you will be able to watch Hulu Plus in a matter of minutes (seriously).
Of course, you can even read them both if you want. Here is the first of the two guides:
The Done For You Guide
This is the easiest way to get Hulu Plus in Canada since all of the hard work and time spent going to get your prepaid credit card, figuring out a US city, state and zip, registering the prepaid credit card, buying the hulu plus credits, redeeming the credits using your prepaid credit card with the US zip is done for you!
After you order from buyprepaidcredits.com, your working Hulu Plus account is literally delivered to your email inbox in a matter of minutes. You will be watching Hulu Plus in no time.
Step 1: Buy Your Prepaid Credit Bundle
Since setting up Hulu Plus in Canada is more than just picking up the credits from Hulu Plus (which you need a US based credit card for by the way) it’s easiest to just head over to www.BuyPrepaidCredits.com and buy one of the Hulu Plus Starter Pack.
After your payment is processed you will receive an instant email with the your unique login information to your very own Hulu Plus account.
You are essentially hiring yourself a virtual assistant to set up your Hulu Plus account for you and they do a great job! The best part about it is that you get access to your account instantly.
I think their prices are very fair especially since we know how long it actually takes to set it up manually. Plus, I’ve negotiated a $20 discount for every single www.howtogetitincanada.com reader! The coupon code ‘htgiic’ will already be applied.
Click here to learn more about the starter pack.
Step 2: Virtually Reside in the USA
The next thing you will need to do is sign up for HMA so you can use their Pro VPN to virtually reside in the United States. You will need HMA so Hulu thinks that your computer is located in the United States which will get around the geographical blocks that they place on their amazing streaming site.
Step 3: Download and Lauch HMA
Once you have logged into your HMA account you will see that there is a navigation menu on the left side of the screen as shown here:
Go ahead and click that link and select which version you would like to download. HMA works in Windows, on your Mac and they even offer a Linux based solution. You can also set up HMA on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other smart phones and android devices.
After you have downloaded HMA, go ahead and launch it. There is only one setting that you will need to change and that is the one where you allow HMA to select one of the 10 closest US based servers as seen below:
After clicking “connect to VPN” your computer will officially relocate to the USA. Don’t worry, all you have to do is disconnect from VPN to move back to the Great White North.
Step 4: Watch Hulu Plus in Canada
You will receive an email from www.buyprepaidcredits.com that will have your hulu plus username and password. After you have activated HMA you can visit hulu.com and login to your hulu plus account.
Sometimes, for reasons unknown, the commercials that Hulu Plus shows you at the start of your show can be slow and choppy. Sit tight and be patient because, from our experience, when your show starts it streams just fine.
Now you can go ahead and cancel your cable and watch all of the Hulu Plus you want from Canada on demand whenever you want. Here is one of our favorites, Modern Family.
How easy was that?!? It’s seriously worth every penny to get BuyPrepaidCredits.com to set this up for you.
Cancel Your Cable: Now that you can watch Hulu Plus from Canada it’s time to seriously consider canceling your cable or satellite TV package. We have heard from some of our readers that they have cancelled $65-$115 per month worth of cable now that they can access Hulu Plus. That’s saving them $780-$1,380 per year! That could be a vacation instead.
Don’t Forget: You need HMA to make this magic happen. We recommend you consider locking in the 43% discount when you choose the 12 month subscription. We also recommend you consider canceling your expensive cable or satellite TV now that you know how to access Hulu Plus from Canada!
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The DIY Guide To Watch Hulu Plus Canada
This how to get Hulu Plus Canada guide should take you 1 hour or less (but it might take longer) including the time it takes you to get to to the closest 7-11 or Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up the prepaid credit card you need for this guide.
DIY Video Tutorial
Continue reading below for the step-by-step guide, including screen shots of each step, on how to setup your Hulu Plus account from Canada.
DIY Step 1 – Get A Vanilla MasterCard with US Zip
If you live close to a 7-11 or Shoppers Drug Mart this first step will be nice and easy for you and will be the longest step in the DIY guide. If you don’t live close to 7-11 or Shoppers or just want to start watching Hulu Plus from Canada the easy way check out our Premium Done For You Guide.
If you’re going to slug it out with the DIY guide you are going to need to find the gift card rack at your local 7-11 or Shoppers and pick yourself up a Vanilla Mastercard.
DIY Step 2: Register Your Vanilla MasterCard
Then once you get back to your computer you will need to register your prepaid Vanilla MasterCard with a US Zip Code. You can use 90210 if you want but we recommend going to the USPS website and verifying that you know the city, state and zip. For example, the zip code 98101 is located in Seattle, Washington.
Make sure to remember the CITY, STATE & ZIP! You need it when registering for Hulu Plus!
Now that you have picked your Zip Code go to www.vanillamastercard.com and click on the “USA (ENGLISH) GIFT CARD” option:
Next select the “Register Your Card” link on the navigation menu on the left side of the page:
Then simply enter the ZIP code you have chosen and click submit:
Now your Vanilla MasterCard is registered to a US Zip Code and you can use it to get Hulu Plus in Canada!
DIY Step 3: Get A Hulu Plus Subscription Gift Card
Head over to Hulu.com and DO NOT be alarmed if you see the following screen:
Go ahead and click the “X” to close out the apology from hulu and then click on “Try Hulu Plus for Free” on the top of the page:
Then click on the link in their footer that says “gift subscription”:
Now, select the buy button:
Next you will select the gift card that corresponds to the desired length of your Hulu Plus subscription. Choose wisely.
Once you’ve selected the amount length of time you so desire click continue at the bottom of the page (not shown above) and on the next page you will enter your email address:
Now the important part, when you’re are filling out the payment info make sure that you use the same city, state and zip code that you registered your Vanilla MasterCard with:
The next page will simply ask you to review your order, if it’s all correct them complete your order and then select yo have your hulu plus gift card either emailed to you or printed.
Potential Payment Processing Errors: Sometimes Hulu will reject your payment 4, 5, 6, 7 or more times before it will process. No idea why?!? Just keep trying it until your payment gets processed. Sometimes it will also tell you something about nothing to process. If that happens you need to clear your cookies, cache and start the gift card buying process over again. This step has taken some people 30-60+ minutes to complete. This step alone is the biggest reason we recommend leaving this headache up to the pros. Go buy yourself a Hulu Plus Starter Pack from www.buyprepaidcredits.com and they’ll take care of everything for you!
DIY Step 4: Redeem Your Hulu Plus Gift Card
Now that you have purchased your hulu plus gift card you will want to return to hulu to redeem your gift card so you can start watching all that hulu plus has to offer.
Here is where we get a lot of people saying “HEY, WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE MISTER! Don’t I need to live in the USA to access Hulu Plus?” The great news is: NO, YOU CAN ACCESS HULU PLUS FROM CANADA! Keep reading, this is where it gets fun :).
Before you visit hulu.com you will need to put on your special web browsing ninja suit that allows you to access hulu plus Canada.
DIY Step 4.1: Virtually Reside in the USA Thanks to HMA
Since Hulu takes a look at where your computer is located you will need to virtually reside in the USA when you are trying to access all of the great content on hulu plus.
The best way to do this is to use an amazing piece of software with a bit of a naughty name. Don’t worry, it’s safe for work but since we try to keep things clean and family friendly here at How To Get It In Canada we always refer to it simply as HMA.
What HMA does is simple, yet remarkable. It redirects your internet connections through one of their 297 servers with 34,918 unique IP address in the United States (as of right now anyway, they are always adding more) which allows you to virtually reside in the USA and access Hulu Plus.
HMA is really the “heavy-hitting-ringer” that does all the work behind the scenes. We have personally been using, and loving, HMA for almost two years now and that is why we are recommending it to you.
DIY Step 4.2: Set Up HMA For The Best User Experience
Setting up HMA is so simple and only take a few seconds because after you download it by clicking the link on the top left of the screen (shown below) you only need to do one more thing. Here is the visual to get the download done:
Now that you have HMA on your computer (you can set this up on your phone, router, tablet, etc. too by the way) you will want to change the one setting that controls which US server(s) you connect you.
We recommend that you select the option that will random select on your behalf one of the closest 10 servers based on where your computer is and where the HMA servers are in the USA. We tested lots of different ways to do this and we found this to be the very best although none of the other USA options were the least bit bad. So basically, HMA is foolproof!
Here is the screen shot of the setting you want to change in the HMA dashboard:
Click connect and your computer will now be virtually residing in the USA which will allow you to successfully go to Hulu.com and redeem your Hulu Plus gift certificate.
DIY Step 4.3: Enter Your Gift Card Code at Hulu Plus (Yes, Even From Canada)
Head back over to Hulu.com and click on the “Try Hulu Plus for Free”:
Next you will want to click on the “gift subscription” link in the footer:
Now, enter your gift certificate code:
After entering the code it will take you to a sign up page where you will enter you name, Vanilla MasterCard information including the zip code you used to register your Vanilla MasterCard with and the city and state associated with that zip code.
MAKE SURE TO USE THE SAME ZIP CODE YOU REGISTERED WITH YOUR VANILLA MASTERCARD!
DIY Step 5: Watch Hulu Plus in Canada (or Anywhere Around The World)
Like we mentioned before, you can watch more than just the last 5 episodes of shows with Hulu Plus. Let’s take a moment to bask in the glory of our acheivement and check out a screen shot from the pilot episode of The Office.
When you start watching Hulu Plus from Canada you might noticed that the commercials that Hulu Plus shows you before your favorite TV show starts can be very slow and choppy. Honestly, no idea why they stream so slow… But, be patient and stick it out because, from our experience, when your show starts it streams fast and you can watch your show normally.
If you’re a fan of the office you better think about cancelling your weekend plans since you can access all 9 seasons and 174 episodes now that you have Hulu Plus:
Pro Tip: Now that you are using HMA and can can watch Hulu Plus from Canada you might want to consider saving a ton of money and cancelling your cable or satellite TV. We have heard from our readers that they are saving $65, or more, per month now that they have access to Hulu Plus.
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Enjoy watching Hulu Plus from Canada (and anywhere around the world)!
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