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..
How To Set Up a Hulu Plus Account in Canada (and Around the World)
Step 1: Sign Up for HMA
The first thing you need to set up, and watch, Hulu Plus from Canada is a HMA Pro VPN account.
The reason you will need an HMA account is because this is how you will virtually reside in the USA.
When you connect to one of HMA’s 326 (and counting) serves based in the USA, your internet connection will be redirected through that server located in the states.
When you go to hulu.com, it will think that your internet connection is originating from HMA’s US-based server and it will let you around the geo-fence that keeps most Canadians longingly looking on.
HMA is the magical “black box” that makes this all work and I recommend you sign up for the year long account since it’s the best deal and it will match up with the amazing deal I’m going to share with you on a year’s worth of hulu plus.
Step 2: Download HMA
After you sign up for HMA, you’ll want to download the software onto your computer, smartphone, tablet, router, etc. HMA has Windows and Mac versions, an iOS app, an Android app and even a version for Linux computers.
Look for the button that says “software & help”:
Just select the version you need from the download page as seen below.
After you have installed the software on your device of choice, you’re going to want to launch HMA and connect to one of their US-based servers.
You’ll notice that there are A TON of locations available for you to choose from. Don’t get overwhelmed by this. It doesn’t really matter which one you pick, but I’d recommend that you choose one that is close to where you live.
Once you have picked your new server location, simply click the “Connect to VPN” button and let HMA work it’s magic.
Great! That’s all the technical work that you need to do. Now lets move on to how you can get a Hulu Plus account without a US-based credit card.
Step 3: Buy Hulu Plus Credits
The first thing you’ll need to do to get yourself a Hulu Plus account is buy a Hulu Plus account from eBay.
I know! Who knew you could get a Hulu Plus account from someone on eBay?!?
Just make sure, like when you’re buying anything on eBay, to check the sellers feedback score. You will want to buy from someone who has a lot of positive feedback like this seller.
What you’re buying here is is a gift card code that you will be able to redeem when you set yourself up an account. Your codes will likely be delivered to you via email or sent to you through the eBay messaging service. Your seller should detail this in the description section of their auction.
Step 4: Redeem Your Hulu Plus Credits
After you have picked up a year’s worth of Hulu Plus from eBay you’re going to need to redeem them and set up your Hulu Plus account.
Head on over to http://www.hulu.com/gift where you will see this screen:
Simply enter your gift code where it asks you to and click “redeem”. You will then have to fill out your personal information on the next page.
DO NOT use the “sign up using facebook” option unless your facebook account was set up in the USA. Similarly, if you have an email address that ends in a “.ca” you might want to consider signing up for a new email account from somewhere like gmail.
Here is what the signup screen will look like:
After you fill out this info and click continue, you will be asked for a zip code. You can find a US zip code here.
Drum roll please…
Once you see that screen you have successfully set yourself up a Hulu Plus account from Canada!
Step 5: Watch Hulu Plus in Canada (or Anywhere Around The World)
Don’t forget that you need to have HMA turned on each time before you visit Hulu. If you are seeing a note saying that Hulu is not available in your country here are the steps to follow to make it work again:
- Close your internet browser
- Open your internet browser
- Clear your internet history
- Turn on HMA and connect to a US-based server
- Navigate to Hulu and sign into your Hulu Plus account
If you’re still seeing the note, change your HMA location by selecting a new server and trying again. Sometimes you might have to change your location a few times before you get it to work… but hey, that’s still easier than moving to the USA!
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 achievement 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.
Recap: How To Watch Hulu Plus From Canada
- Sign up for a year of HMA
- Buy Hulu Plus gift card codes from eBay
- Redeem your Hulu Plus gift card codes at http://www.hulu.com/gift
- Set up your Hulu Plus account
- Watch Hulu Plus from Canada
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Enjoy watching Hulu Plus from Canada (and anywhere around the world)!
Please Note: You’ll notice in the comments below, that I used to recommend buyprepaidcredits.com and their “done for you” option. buyprepaidcredits.com has since shut down and is no longer an option for getting a Hulu Plus account. One positive note is that buying the Hulu Plus credits on eBay can be a lot cheaper!