Hulu Plus Canada – The Essential Guide To Getting Hulu Plus in Canada

I Love Hulu Plus in CanadaSo 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:

WatchEvery Seasons Of Office on Hulu Plus

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:

The Done For You Guide

The “Done For You” guide will have you watching Hulu Plus in minutes (seriously)

The DIY Guide

The “DIY” guide works but might take 1-2 hours (or more) to get yourself set up.

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

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, 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 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 reader!  The coupon code ‘htgiic’ will already be applied.

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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.

Don’t be alarmed by the slightly immature name you will see over at HMA. Also, do not let it fool you… HMA is top rate and delivers on it’s promises.

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:

Download HMA From Admin Area

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:

HMA Dashboard

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 that will have your hulu plus username and password. After you have activated HMA you can visit 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.

Watch Modern Family

How easy was that?!? It’s seriously worth every penny to get 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!

Please consider the viewing pleasure of your friends and this with them! Thanks!

Now it’s time for the DIY guide… buckle up, because it’s long!

The DIY Guide To Watch Hulu Plus Canada

The DIY Guide

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.

Get Yourself 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.

Verify Seattle's Zip Code

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 and click on the “USA (ENGLISH) GIFT CARD” option:

Register Your Vanilla MasterCard in the USA

Next select the “Register Your Card” link on the navigation menu on the left side of the page:

US Zip Vanilla MasterCard

Then simply enter the ZIP code you have chosen and click submit:

Enter Your US Zip Code At Vanilla Master

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 and DO NOT be alarmed if you see the following screen:

DO NOT WORRY! You Can Get Hulu Plus In Canada

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:

Try Hulu Plus in Canada

Then click on the link in their footer that says “gift subscription”:

Hulu Plus Gift Subscription

Now, select the buy button:

Buy Hulu Plus Gift Subscription

Next you will select the gift card that corresponds to the desired length of your Hulu Plus subscription. Choose wisely.

Choose Your Hulu Plus Gift Card Amount

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:

Step 2 Payment Info

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:

Step 3 Payment Info

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 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 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:

Download HMA From Admin Area

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:

HMA Dashboard

Click connect and your computer will now be virtually residing in the USA which will allow you to successfully go to 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 and click on the “Try Hulu Plus for Free”:

Try Hulu Plus in Canada

Next you will want to click on the “gift subscription” link in the footer:

Hulu Plus Gift Subscription

Now, enter your gift certificate code:

Redeem hulu Plus Gift Certificate

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.


Signing Up Page

After you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and click “sign up” you will finally be at the finish line and get to see what not many Canadians ever see… the Hulu Plus Welcome Page!

Not Many People in Canada See The Hulu Plus Welcome Page

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.

Watching The Office On Hulu Plus In Canada

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:

You Can Watch All 9 Seasons of The Office

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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{ 142 comments… read them below or add one }

vic November 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I would like to watch US content on Roku or some other media streaming device in Canada. I want to purchase prefigured dd wrt flash router with open vpn and use HMA, but I do not know where to place the flash touter in relation to roku for ex, and do I still use my presnt router as well and will I be able to use the emait etc.. as before. Is the new router on and inuse all the time or just fo watching?. Could you please advice?
Thanks, Vic


Brent November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Vic, You will want to replace your existing router with your new DD-WRT enabled router. That way your Roku, other other set top box (STB), will live behind the HMA meaning that your Roku or STB will be virtually residing in the USA. Hope this helps!


Steve6000 January 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

Great guide! Does it still work as of Jan 2013? Vanilla has a disclaimer at the bottom now saying they can no longer be used for international transactions. Also, is there any different between using Vanilla MasterCard and Vanilla Visa? Does it specifically need to use the MasterCard version of it?


Brent January 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Yes, it still works! I recommend using the Vanilla Mastercard as I know it works. If you want to let the pros do it for you check out They can get your account set up in a flash! Thanks for stopping by!


Doug January 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

So the Vinilla Mastercard could be potentially used for Amazon Instant Video, YouTube Video Rentals, Blockbuster Video On Demand, etc.

However, the steps don’t says how you are getting a US street address which is a required field. How is this addressed (pun intended) ?


Brent January 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

There are some sites online that let you use a prepaid credit card and others that do not. So, the answer is yes and no.

As for a US street address, if you need a real one that is going to accept mail on your behalf check out this guide on how to use a US mail forwarding service.

If you just need a street address to sign up for something where you won’t be needing delivery you can use

Did you get Hulu Plus?


Doug January 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thanks for the reply. I did actually read that information about since my original post and I think I prefer to recommend that service for a one time fee of $10 to get an address.

fakenamegnereator just seems too sketchy.

I’ve had Hulu Plus in the past but cancelled because I wasn’t really getting much out of it. I live in between fantastic US and Canadian TV reception, so I get most TV I care to watch that way.


Brent January 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

What service can you get an address for a one time fee of $10? Do they accept packages for you and mail them up to you in Canada? Or does it just give you an address?

If you’re just using an address to sign up for a US iTunes account, etc. you don’t need it to be anything more than a real street address in a US city. fakenamegenerator does that for you or you can literally just head over to and use an address of a house that’s for sale. Just don’t ever get anything delivered to one of these addresses you use ;)

I love Hulu Plus for the ability to stream your favorite shows on demand whenever you want. That paired with the ability to access the US Netflix library means virtually unlimited amount of TV shows and moves to stream on demand for $22.53/month.


andrew reid January 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

hi there i am trying to buy the one year package from paypal and it won’t let me, and i tried just by credit card too, same thing, help!


Brent January 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Is your PayPal account a US or Canadian account? If it’s a Canadian account you will not be able to use it to get a Hulu Plus account.

What error are you seeing when using the Vanilla mastercard? Sometimes it tells you it can’t be processed. Sometimes you need to try 4, 5, 6, 7 or more times to get it to work. I don’t know why this happens sometimes and not others but I know first hand how frustrating it can be!

That is why I seriously recommend to everyone that they buy a Hulu Plus Setup Service from

They set up your account for you, headache free Hulu Plus for Canadians!


Inuapialuk January 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

Very complicated set-up.

Does anyone know if Hulu Plus has live sports events?

Is there a Hulu Plus content listing?



Brent January 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The set up looks harder than it really is… it just takes time and patience.

You are right, there are a lot of steps involved and that is why I recommend that anyone who wants to get Hulu Plus outside of the USA just buys a Hulu Plus Setup Service and let the expert set it up for you.

As for a Hulu Plus TV guide. This link will take you to the closest thing that I know of to a guide. A friend and I, literally, spent weeks compiling a Hulu TV guide that is sub-categorized by genre. There are some sports but nothing that is live.

If you’re a hockey fan you can check out this guide to see how to get around the local market blackouts:


Chandra January 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

I went out and bought a Vanilla MasterCard a couple days ago. Now I am trying to register it. But when I go to register, it only has the option for me to put in a postal code. How do I register it as a US card?


Brent January 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

When you go to Vanilla MasterCard’s site to register you need to click the “USA (English) Gift Card” option. Look at “DIY Step 2: Register Your Vanilla MasterCard” in the guide above to see what the image.


Dan January 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Are you using a VPN when you register? Possibly it’s detecting that you are not in the US, hence not offering that option?


Chandra January 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

It doesn’t look like that when you go to register.
When you go to the Vanilla MasterCard site. It looks like this.

When you input the information and then click on register card on the left hand side. This is what comes up:

No option to select USA (English) Gift Card. Only enter Postal Code.
Any ideas?
Thank you!


Brent January 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

When I visit the Vanilla MasterCard site I will see the screen I show above. I can’t get the screen you linked to to show up… every time I go there I get the option to pick the USA.

Try this link:

Or, hit the mall and spend the prepaid MasterCard on yourself and pick up a Hulu Plus Setup Service and outsource the account creation.

Let me know if that link to Vanilla MasterCard works for you.


Doug January 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm


My original suspicion was wrong. VPN has nothing to do with this. I was able to duplicate your issue by first choosing the wrong option like you did. Your issue is easily resolved, but first you have at least three cookies you need to clear from your browser privacy settings. Once you do this, you will get the option for “USA (English) Gift Card”.

If you’re using Chrome for your browser, go to Settings>Scroll down to “Show Advanced Settings”>Under Privacy select “Content Settings”>select “All Cookies and Site Data…”(Wait for them to appear)
In the “Search Cookies” box at the top right, type “van” in the box and you should see “” appear in the list. Mouse over it and an X will appear on the right. Click the X and the cookies will be deleted. Now you will be able to navigate to and choose the “USA (English) Gift Card” instead of the Canada options.

Not using Chrome? Use Chrome.


Brent January 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Doug, thanks for stepping in and helping a fellow HTGIIC community reader out! Much love!


Doug January 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Connect to your US VPN and visit the site again


Carrie March 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hi Doug,

I’m having the same issues as Chandra. Do I have to log in under my US VPN to register the card with a US postal code?



Brent March 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Carrie, it might help to already be connected to a US-based HMA server. I just went to the Vanilla MasterCard site and was able to see the place to register with a US address. Let me know if you’re still having problems.


Doug March 4, 2013 at 5:44 am

Hi Carrie,

As was the case with Chandra, it turns out that having a US IP address is not required for the step of activating the prepaid MasterCard. However, if you already visited the Vanilla MasterCard site and clicked on the link for Canada, you will have “Cookies” saved in your browser that you first have to delete. If you don’t do that, you’ll be automatically directed to the Canadian pages eveytime and won’t get a chance to enter a US address and zip code.

You have at least three cookies you need to clear from your browser privacy settings. Once you do this, you will get the option for “USA (English) Gift Card”.

If you’re using Chrome for your browser, go to Settings>Scroll down to “Show Advanced Settings”>Under Privacy select “Content Settings”>select “All Cookies and Site Data…”(Wait for them to appear)
In the “Search Cookies” box at the top right, type “van” in the box and you should see “” appear in the list. Mouse over it and an X will appear on the right. Click the X and the cookies will be deleted. Now you will be able to navigate to and choose the “USA (English) Gift Card” instead of the Canada options.

Hope that helps.


Chris February 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Hi, I just stumbled across the page and I’m intrigued. I love the lazy and no confusing idea you give us, however I need a price. I want to know what is the price of this for the setup and then the monthly fee. If you can’t say prices over this site , can you please email them to me..I really appreciate what you’re doing for me and others…it’s not fair that we can’t get the same stuff in canada without having to be devious…


Brent February 5, 2013 at 1:15 am

Chris, one thing you should know about the HMA pricing is that I would honestly pay 5-10 times what they charge. Being able to access Hulu, Hulu Plus, US Netflix, etc. from Canada makes it possible for people to cancel their cable saving hundreds if not thousands per month. The great news is that we don’t have to pay 5-10 times when HMA charges. Check out their pricing plans here.

If you want to get Hulu Plus set up for you visit and buy a starter pack. It’s the easiest way possible.


Brian February 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Can i use this to watch on my apple TV?
i know i can get Hulu Plus on my computer but when i go to stream on apple TV i am getting the Geo ruling saying it senses i am out of the states.


Brent February 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

Yes, you can watch from your Apple TV. There is a little extra set up involved but you can get it to work. You can use a DD-WRT enabled router where you can have HMA live. That way, everything behind your router will appear to be living in the USA.


M Azam February 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Just wondering if the prepaid VISA card trick is still valid? I have seen confusing information about Hulu Plus no longer accepting prepaid cards for subscriptions. Is this true. Has anyone had success with this technique very recently (last 30 days). I want to be sure before I go out and buy one.


Brent June 20, 2013 at 12:53 am

Yes, it still works but you need to make sure you get a prepaid Vanilla MasterCard and NOT a Visa.

Here is a video I did in the past week showing that it still works:

P.s. Sorry for the slow reply. Your comment got tagged as spam for some strange reason and I’m just seeing it now… hope this still helps you.


Me August 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I’m trying with a vanilla mastercard today and after about 75 attempts continue to get the “Sorry, this action resulted in an error. Please try again.” message.

Anyone else have a similar experience?


Brent August 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’ve had this experience many times when I still did this myself. This frustration was the biggest reason why I started using the “done for you” method by buying a Hulu Plus Starter Pack.

Once you start getting the “sorry, this action resulted in an error” message you will usually need to wait overnight before you try again.

Sorry you’re having such a hard time get a Hulu Plus account outside of the USA. The method does work, just sleep on it and then try it again tomorrow. If it doesn’t work I recommend thinking about buying a Hulu Plus Starter Pack.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


Todd February 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Will this work with apple tv and an apple airport router.



Brent June 20, 2013 at 12:42 am

Honestly Todd, I’m not sure. I don’t have an airport router to test this on. Do you know if the Apple airport router is DD-WRT enabled?


Doug February 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

Not finding the Vanilla Master Card at my local Shoppers, but Petro-Canada apparently has them. Anyone know if these will work equally well, or are they different?


NB February 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I just purchased one today from my Shoppers. They changed the packaging so it only says MasterCard/Prepaid Card and there is a tiny logo on the bottom right and left hand sides of the package that says vanilla. It’s the one with the picture of the red present if that helps.


Brent February 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Thanks for letting me know the packaging changed. I’ll have to snap a new pic and update the guide. Thanks!


Brent February 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

The 7-11 by my house still has them… did you find one?


maureen jeffery March 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

hi will i be able to see all my children when it airs in canada


Brent March 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

If it’s being shown on Hulu or Hulu Plus then yes, by using this trick you will be able to watch All My Children on Hulu in Canada.


john March 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

How much will my internet usage increase? and how much will this add to my cost of Hulu plus and HMA Pro Vpn ?


Brent March 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Your internet usage does not increase by using a VPN. If you’re watching TV shows or movies on Hulu Plus then yes, your usage is going to go up but you’ll be watching awesome shows. The easiest way to get Hulu Plus setup is by buying a Hulu Plus Setup Service.


Doug March 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I use a router with a persistent VPN connection. Usage did not increase by virtue of the VPN, but as Brent says, having the VPN gives my family more choices, and so we do watch more streaming content than we would otherwise.

Our family watches a lot of US Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and US iTunes. Our average monthly internet usage is 95 GB.


christian boisclair March 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

greetings from canada,i m a little mix up about afew thing.first you mention a couple of time that i will be able to discontinue my cable and other stuff,do i still have to be connected to internet and just cancel my tv programe and just use my lap top,and also i work in wooden area as i also use a different internet service;ie cogeco,videotron,tel-us…etc.will i have to reinstal everery time i change,because sometime a service provider works and sometime i have to switch from one to another and sometime i just c’ ant get any signal at all,except if i can get satellite connection,but way to xpensive cause have to get a tech man to readjuste the antena..! i know i’am asking a lot of question but i listen a lot of tv in my line of work and d’ont want to get into something i’ll be only using,then frustated because it d’ont and have to go back to the begening ,also can i cancel when i want or is therre hiding fees…! thank you very much in advance.hope it works.


Brent March 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

Christian, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

I mention a few times that once you have access to Hulu Plus you can think about cancelling your cable. You will still need an Internet connection to access Hulu Plus.

I don’t personally have any experience with the Internet service providers you mention so I can’t say for sure.

As for HMA, there are no hidden fees, no contracts or anything. You sign up for the length of service you desire (1, 6 or 12 months) and that’s it! All plans have a 30-day money back guarantee as well so it’s risk free to try.


Dale S. March 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

How would one repay Hulu after vanilla mastercard subscription has been used?


Brent March 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

You will have to go through the process of buying another Vanilla MasterCard and Hulu Plus prepaid credit. Once you have your Hulu Plus credit make sure you log into your Hulu Plus account and then redeem your credit. This will add time to your subscription. You need to do this BEFORE your subscription expires.


Dale S. March 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

How does one get Hulu to show on Apple TV to use in Canada?


Brent March 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

You can do it with the use of a DD-WRT enabled router. By putting HMA onto the router everything that is connecting to the router will be virtually residing in the USA. Let me know if you have anymore questions.


John March 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Hi, great guide. I followed all the instructions for self setup and everything seemed to go fine. I got the Vanilla Card, set it up as a U.S. card, got the zip code, have established a Hulu account, got and redeemed the Hulu gift certificate. I associated it with my Xbox so I can view it on my TV as I don’t have my computer attached to my TV. I can see my account on the Xbox and all the content, but when I go to play it I get a message that Hulu can only be played in the U.S. I have followed all the instructions for setting up Hulu for the Xbox in Canada (including changing it’s location setting to U.S.) and I am able to view everything on Hulu, but cannot play the shows. Do you have any suggestions?


Brent March 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Hey, I’m glad you like the guide and were able to get a Hulu Plus account set up. How are you connecting your Xbox to the Internet? The way that I recommend getting this to work on an Xbox is to use a DD-WRT enabled router since you’re able to install HMA on the router. Then, once you have HMA on the router anything that is connected to the router will also be residing in the USA. Here is a guide on how to get this working with US Netflix, it’s essentially the same. Click here then scroll down to option 4 for the step-by-step guide. Let me know how it goes…


John April 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the advice. I have placed an order for the router. Hopefully this will solve the issue when it arrives.


Brent April 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

John, awesome stuff! Keep me posted on how it goes and let me know if you need anymore help. I’m always here to help :)


John April 6, 2013 at 5:50 am

Just as a follow up: I am using the RT-N16 router and the configure site is There for example doesn’t appear to be a place to set the DHCP to Yes, or disable the STP, or Enable PPTP Encryption. Again any assistance would be appreciated.


Brent April 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi John,

You will need to check to see if you have DD-WRT installed on your router. If you do not, here is the guide to flash your router and install DD-WRT.

Once you have the DD-WRT firmware on your router you will then need to set up HMA. Here is the guide on how to set up HMA on your DD-WRT enabled router.

Let me know how it goes. I’m here to help :)


Doug April 7, 2013 at 9:47 am


Have a look at this guide –
It’s pretty easy to follow. Not specifically for the ASUS router, but you could probably make it work or you could just return the ASUS router and buy the TP-Link one the author recommends. I have one and it works fantastic.


Brent April 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

Doug, thanks for sharing that guide. I haven’t read it so I cannot comment on it.

John, you should be able to flash your current router and install DD-WRT firmware fairly easily. I’m also always here to help if you have anymore questions.


John April 9, 2013 at 5:54 am

So I forgot that sometimes the simple solution is the correct one. The HMA had somehow got disconnected. Hulu is back up for the computer, but I can still no longer access shows from the Xbox at all. I have sent an e-mail off to HMA to see if they can help, but I was wondering if anyone else has set up their Xbox though the router? I know that it is possible to adjust the IP address of the Xbox manually, but I don’t know if I am supposed to match the Xbox IP to the HMA IP? Also when I entered the American IP address in the DD-WRT I selected the same city IP for HMA. However it looks as if the two IP address are different. Should I match the IP address in the DD-WRT to what is showing on the HMA dashboard?


Brent April 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I don’t have an Xbox so it’s hard for me to test this out for you. Did HMA get back to you?


Adam April 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I tried doing this and hulu just says the card is not valid.


Brent June 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

How long after registering your new Vanilla MasterCard to the US zip code did you wait before trying to purchase the gift card?

Sometimes, as mentioned in the post, it can take 4, 5, 6, 7 or more tries to get the card to process. Waiting overnight has proven, in my personal experience, to help as well.

I just set one up the other day to test to make sure this was still working (here’s the proof:

The DIY method can be a pain in the butt and that is why I always recommend people buy a Hulu Plus Starter Pack from


Mike April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi, I’m about to take the plunge, but I have a question first: My instinct would be to get either a 6 month or a 12 month Hulu Plus subscription, just so I don’t have to worry about re-upping the subscription very often.

My question is, is a 50 dollar Vanilla Mastercard bought in Canada enough to pay for a 6 month subscription in the US ($47.94)? Or, is a 100 dollar Vanilla Mastercard enough to cover 12 months ($95.88)?

Basically, are the any taxes/exchange rates/other fees that I need to know about that affect the total cost of the subscription? Thanks for the guide!


Brent April 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Mike, you won’t regret it… Hulu Plus is awesome! Exchange rates do factor into your purchase when using a Canadian Vanilla MasterCard so make sure there is enough room on there to get the length of time you want. You can buy any length of time at Hulu Plus between 1 and 12 months so you might just need to get 5 or 11 months and spend the rest of popcorn!

Or, you could opt to go for the “done for you” version with the Hulu Plus Setup Service from

Either way, please don’t forget to this guide with your friends :) thanks!


Mike June 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Quick follow up – is it possible to use the “leftover” money on my Vanilla Mastercard towards Hulu if it’s less than the cost of one month’s subscription? Can I pay for one transaction with multiple cards, for example?


Brent June 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Mike, you should be able to use your “leftover” money on the vanilla mastercard for whatever you want. You will have to purchase a Hulu gift card in multiples of 1 month at $7.99/month. So, as long as you have a little more than $8 on your card you should be able to get an extra month of Hulu Plus.

I do not believe you can pay for one transaction with multiple cards but if each card has more than $8 on it then you could buy multiple 1 month Hulu Plus gift cards.


Kc April 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

Hi, I have an Insignia Blue Ray hooked up straight from a modem to my tv for Netflix…will this work for Hulu Plus also? Where on my blue ray do I access Hulu if it does?


Brent June 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

I have never personally tried it with the exact blue ray you have but what has worked for other players and set top boxes is as follows:

You will need an intermediate step between your modem and your blue ray player. I recommend the this DD-WRT enabled router. You will need to flash it and then install HMA on the new DD-WRT enabled router. Once you have done this, when your blue ray connects to the special router it will appear to be residing in the USA.

Also, make sure your blue ray player has the capabilities to stream hulu and Netflix before buying the special router.


Dan April 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hi! I bought the code and try to redeem it and I have this message is coming on : We’re sorry, you are ineligible to create an account. I paid for 1 month subscribtion. Tried it with the account I created first and got that message. I logged out and tried again and have the same message. I dont know what I did wrong. I have no idea on what to do!


Brent June 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

Dan, I’ve seen this before and have been able to get it to work by doing the following:

1. Clear your cache
2. Delete your cookies
3. Turn on HMA
4. Verify IP address is in USA and does not show up as an “anonymous” proxy” (if it does, change the location and check again)
5. Go back to and try to redeem your code again

I actually had this same problem in the video tutorial I made on how get Hulu Plus in Canada: (video will start at 5:58 which is where I experience, and fix, the problem you’re having).

Let me know if this works.


Om April 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

Do you have a list of channels we can watch on HUlu or international channels.


Brent April 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

Here is a TV on the Internet Guide we put together with over 2,000 links to shows.

You can also check out this picture to see the 333 networks that have shows on Hulu.

Or you can simply go to and browse through the shows and use their search function.

Hope this helps!


peter webster May 27, 2013 at 8:45 am

I have an American Credit Card as I live 6 months
in Canada and 6 months in USA. Can I use it instead
of Canadian Vanilla Card?


Brent May 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

Yes, if you have a US credit card you’re good to go!


Clint Corbett August 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I’m planning on getting the “Done For You” procedure. But my biggest concern is accessing my account through my Wii. How will I go about watching my new service on the Wii and is there any risk that it may interfere with my Netflix account which already has a competitor VPN server to access US Netflix.
Clint Corbett


Brent August 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Good decisions to go for the done for you method. The DIY setup can be rather annoying to set up.

As for your Wii, here is the setup guide on how to get Hulu Plus on your Wii: It looks like the setup to add the Hulu Plus app to your Wii will be easy enough. You will need to have your VPN setup on a DD-WRT enabled router so that everything that is connecting to that wifi network (your Wii) will be virtually residing in the USA.

Hope this helps!


Roen August 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

From the page it says that this prepaid card can not be use for reoccurring billing.

Would that be a problem here for Hulu Plus? Since this will be a reoccurring monthly bill of $7.99/month.



Brent August 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Roen, you do not actually pay for Hulu Plus using your Vanilla MasterCard. What you do is buy a prepaid gift card from Hulu Plus and then use that code to add the Hulu Plus credits to your account. Check out DIY Step #3 for further clarification.


Roen August 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thanks Brent. That work for me. I got Hulu Plus 1-year subscription and watching it also in my Roku media streamer. Love it.

Great instructions and it help a lot. One thing I want to add is to do the VPN instructions (HMA) before everything else. I think that help my registration process to the mastercard and huluplus…


Ernie August 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I want to go ahead and get huluplus either way. I just want to make sure I can watch it on any tv and laptop in the house and also on my s4 when im mobile. I read that I have to connect my tv or xbox (dont got an xbox so my tv if its possible to just connect a tv with no console)or whatever to a special flashed modem that I have to order seperate. My question is do I need a separate modem and then jave to flash it so my tv is through the router (again if thats possible I just wanna connect my tv dont got no gaming system) or can I just use my current telus router thats hooked up already and connecting my cable internet and home phone? And how can I watch it on my smartphone s4? Do I have to dl a vpn for my phone?


Brent August 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

Unless you have a Boxee Box you will need to have a DD-WRT enabled router so you can load HMA on that router and then have your wifi TV or other set top box connect to that network.

You can load HMA on your S4 and other mobile devices and you can have HMA loaded up on all your laptops, desktops, etc.

One word of caution if you’re looking to set up an Xbox to watch Hulu Plus. You will also need an Xbox Live Gold account in addition to your Hulu Plus account.


Sheila August 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I am trying to sign up for the “done for you” option, however when I chose
the 3 month option, it clicks to the paypal page where I have to sign in and make payment. However paypal won’t allow the payment to go through.
Are you able to invoice me?


Brent August 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Good call choosing the “done for you” options. Please send an email to support @ buyprepaidcredits . com to see if they can send you an alternate payment option.

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

P.s. I just tested the payment system and it worked for me.


Sheila August 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Brent. I have no idea why it won’t work. I’ve sent an email as requested. I want to pay with PayPal. I’ve also sent a reply to PayPal to see what’s up, but my acct is working as just this morning my Netflix payment came out.
Hoping support can just send me an invoice through PayPal tha I can login in and pay.


Sheila August 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I also have HMA up and running. Anxious to get this working!


Brent August 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I’m sure you’ll be up and running in no time!


Sheila August 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Brent, I just tried it on another computer and it worked just fine! Payment has been sent successfully!
Now to await the final step.
I’ll comment when everything is up and running!
Thanks for the quick replies and support!


Brent August 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

YEAH!!! :) Glad you were able to get it PayPal working from a different computer.

You’re very welcome for the quick replies and support… that’s what I’m here for! Thank YOU for your comments.

Enjoy Hulu Plus!!!


Ernie August 29, 2013 at 4:07 am

So your saying I can watch huluplus on my s4 for sure? Im just wondering cause I tried another vpn free version to be able to check out hot 97 from n.y as theyve taken it off of the tunein radio app. I was able to load it on iheart radio on the vpn on my laptop but not my phone. I have heard its because my phone is locked to a Canadian provider and it would probably work if my phone was from the states or unlocked. I know you dont know what vpn I used and I did use the free version of their app’, however are you saying if I go with your recomended vpn app’, that I’ll be able to load all the cool apps from the states that I want? Ei; huluplus, iheart radio, us netflix, etc? If I can use these apps without unlocking my phone then I’ll try it. Thanks in advance for your reply.


Brent August 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Ernie, thanks reading and for your comment. If you can set up a PPTP IP Address on your S4 then you will be able to use HMA on your S4.

There are some apps that will also use the location services on your phone that will check your location that way too so if this is the case then make sure to disable the location service for these apps.

I don’t personally have an S4 so I can’t actually test this for you. What I recommend is signing up for HMA and it, for some reason, it doesn’t work then use their 30-day money back guarantee and as for a refund.

Sound like a plan?


nash September 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm


I wanted to watch HuluPlus here in canada. I am from USA, so I do have a valid US credit card available, that I even use now. I am here in Canada for 2 years or so, I was wondering if I could use the US credit card to open my Hulu PLUS account and then sign up with HMA. Would that work to watch Hulu PLUS on my Mac at home?
Currently I don’t have a hulu account at all. So i was thinking to sign up with my US credit card and then get a HMA account and use that to watch Hulu Plus? Is that possible?



Brent September 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hey Nash, thanks for reading and commenting.

Yes, since you already have a US-based credit card you will be able to sign up for Hulu Plus. Just remember that, when you’re in Canada, you will need HMA so you can virtually reside in the USA.

Welcome to Canada! I hope you enjoy living here!


Roen September 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I already have hulu + subscription here in Canada and it is working already with my Roku 2XS and playstation players. I recently bought a netgear neotv max at FutureShop but it does not have the option to add Hulu+ as one of the channels. Does anyone know how to add it?
Is it because I bought it here in Canada? If I buy the same device in the US would Hulu plus be available then when I bring it here in Canada? As mention previously, I already have Hulu plus subscription and it is working fine with other players mention above.
Thanks in advance.


Brent September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

You should be able to use your Netgear NeoTV to watch Hulu Plus. I haven’t personally tested it as I do not have one but here are some things to try.

Check the settings of the device and see if you can change the location setting and/or timezone to be in the USA.

You will also likely need a DD-WRT enabled router so you can load HMA onto that router. Doing this makes everything connected to that WiFi network virtually reside in the USA. You might have to do this step before you’re able to add the Hulu Plus app for example.

Basically it comes down to tricking the device to thinking that it’s residing in the USA. So, check the settings and make sure that the Internet connection it’s connecting to is virtually residing in the USA.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.


Roen September 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Brent for your quick reply.

There is no option in netgear neotv max to change the location and/or timezone. I already tried resetting it to factory booting it behind my router which is setup for to make it think it is in the US as it normally checks for updates at startup but Hulu+ is still not added.

Im guessing that it determines if it is a Canadian neotv by its serial number.

Thanks for your assistance anyway.


Nash September 10, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hello Brent,

Thanks for the quick response. I love this site. Its excellent.

So like i said in my previous message, I have a US credit card as i lived there. For me the process would be
Step 1 – create a Hulu plus account with my US credit card.
Step 2 – Sign up at HMA
Step 3 – Download and launch HMA
Step 4 – WHAT DO I DO NOW? In the process written above it says that you have to make a gift account etc, do I have to do the same thing? Or does HMA automatically delivers it. Sorry for the confusion.

Thanks & Regards


Brent September 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thanks again for the kind words, I love hearing that this site is helping others. THANK YOU for reading and taking the time to comment.

If you’re signing up from Canada, and have a US-based credit card, you will want to follow these steps:

1. Sign up at HMA
2. Download and launch HMA so you’re connected to a US server
3. Sign up at Hulu Plus with your US-based credit card. Since you have a US-based credit card you do not have to buy a gift card. Just sign up as you normally would and Hulu Plus will charge your US-based credit card each month for your subscription.
4. Watch Hulu Plus from Canada

Does that all make sense? Let me know if you need more help.


Om November 5, 2013 at 5:49 am

I live in Canada, and want to buy American ROKU3, so that we are able to watch dish networld for international programing.

I want buy your huluplus service. Is it possible to get that channel “dish networld” and what are charges for your sevice.

Om Goel


Brent November 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment with your questions! If you want to buy a US Roku3 I’d recommend reading this guide on how to buy physical items from the USA using a mail forwarding service:

Here is the link to get your extra discount for being a reader of How To Get it in Canada for a Hulu Plus Starter Pack. Enjoy!

As for Dish Network… if it’s available on Hulu Plus then you will be able to access it once you have an account and are running HMA so you’re virtually residing in the USA.


Josh November 8, 2013 at 1:32 am

My brother lives in Texas and uses Hulu Plus and Netflix. Can I somehow use his account while I’m in Canada? Is there a way to save money there? I’m not sure how the whole VPN thing would work.


Brent November 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

Josh, while you’re in Canada you can use HMA to virtually reside in the USA which will allow you to access Hulu and the American Netflix library in Canada. Let me know if you have any questions on getting it all set up. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!


James Claydon December 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Love your guide but just a heads up. The do it yourself option won’t work anymore because most cards are now sold pre-registered or are activated at the store where you buy them. The vanilla site doesn’t have a country selection now . I made sure I was logged into hma. The service that does it for you still works tho.



Brent January 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I will give the DIY method a try over the next couple of days to try to confirm this or find a new work around. I’m glad that the Hulu Plus Starter Packs are still an option. They really should be the only way you should get a Hulu Plus account from outside of Canada because the DIY method can be so annoying anyway! Thanks for the heads up… I’ll let you know what I figure out.


Frank December 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

Hi, I just got a Netgear NeoTV and am wondering what the best way to get HULU Plus is with this device. I imagine the registration process to be the same. But I cannot figure out how to trick my router into thinking it is in the U.S.


Brent January 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

You will need to have a router that is DD-WRT enabled so you can install HMA directly on the router. Once you’re able to do this then anything that is connecting to that router will be virtually residing in the USA. Let me know if you need anymore help. Thanks for the comment.


Ross January 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Hi. Am new to the forum and have a couple questions. I am guessing the majority of clients are living close to a US city/server, ie Toronto/Buffalo, Vancouver/Seattle etc. What about other places in the country, I live in Southern Alberta and my guess is the nearest servers would be Denver or San Francisco or Seattle. Will I experience significant lag connecting to a server that far away vs omeone in Vancouver connecting to a server in Seattle

Secondly, my kids do a lot of online gaming, on ps3 xbox and speed/lag are mportant to them. Am I robbing them of the speed, lack of lag, by connecting to a server 1500 miles away.

Lastly, and I suspect No is the answer, but aside from having two separate internet lines into the house, is there anyway to have only certain lines from the router connected to hma and the others not

Thanks for your time



Brent January 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Ross, I have connected to HMA servers as far away as Japan from Canada and was able to watch Hulu just fine. I also have connected to servers in South America to watch the Latin American version of Netflix in Canada. Speed should not be an issue.

From Southern Alberta your best bests will be the servers in Seattle, Chicago, Salt Lake, etc. but honestly, I very rarely have a problem with speed. When you do, simply connected to a new server after running the speed analysis built right into HMA and connect to the fastest server available.

Also, I believe you should be able to add a DD-WRT enabled router as a connection point in your network meaning you would have two wifi networks in your house. The first one that is connected to the Internet at the source would not have HMA installed on it and anything connected to that router would act just as normal. Anything connected to the second wifi network that does have HMA installed on it would be virtually residing in another locations.

I have never tried the two router setup personally, so I can’t say for sure. I’m guessing with a little more research you should be able to get it working. Let me know if I can help out any further. Thanks for reading and for the comment.


Mike January 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I’m following all the steps but get this error on my iPad:

“Your account is not valid in this region” even with the VPN on.

Any tips? I have signed up for Hulu successfully but able to download it on my iPad but can’t login to my Hulu account.


Brent January 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Make sure you clear your cookies, cache and history before trying to watch Hulu Plus from Canada. Also, turn off your location services while you’re trying to watch. Let me know if you’re still having troubles… I’m here to help.


Sheldon C E Thibault January 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

How is this site for watching Sea. 1 of “The Americans”?


Brent January 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

It would work just fine if Hulu Plus had the rights to stream “The Americans” but they don’t. Here is what they say (specifically about the show, “The Americans”): “We currently don’t have the rights to make this show available on your TV or mobile devices”.

Sorry, for this particular show, this isn’t going to work for you. For thousands of other options on Hulu Plus, this is absolutely work. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


A.J. January 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Hi Brent,
I was trying to do your DIY version but Vanilla Mastercard’s website isn’t showing a register card option. Did you get a chance to try it again like you mentioned to James Claydon? I went out and bought a card that might not be useful…


A.J. January 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

…sorry I seemed to have resolved that issue myself but am still having trouble purchasing a hulu plus gift card. i bought my vanilla mastercard tonight, brought it home and went through the steps to register it. now that i’m on the purchase page for 3 month hulu plus gift cards i click continue and purchase and “Sorry, this action resulted in an error. Please try again.” come up, as well as two other messages occasionally. Is this because there is some type of waiting period for the mastercard to register the zip code, or do I actually have to just keep clicking “purchase over and over until it finally accepts. I’ve pushed the button over 50 times now, but yet don’t have the cash to spend on Hulu Plus Starter Pack done for you option. Thanks for the help and advice.


Brent January 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

The Vanilla MasterCard is supposed to be ready right away so I’m not sure which end it’s being stopped by. I have found that waiting overnight is a good idea if you are getting this error message. Hope this helps. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


Sergio February 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

hi brent, im currently with telus, the internet is great but the tv packages suck, way to expensive, compare to this, my question is that i have that telus wireless router (Actiontech model:V1000h) and i tried to look for it from the dd-wrt website but no luck, it wont show me the model or anything if it is supported or not, do i have to get a new router that supports the dd-wrt flash?
Thank you!


Brent March 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Sometimes when you have to use your ISP’s router you won’t be able to load HMA on there. You might be able to add a DD-WRT enabled router as an access point in your network. Have you tried that?


bratyel March 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Hello is there a way to purchase vanilla card online?? I’m not from US I wanted to buy a product from us store where it only excepts US cards. Can anyone please me or guide me to get a prepaid virtual card from us . thanks


Brent April 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Check with to see if you can get one through them. Their email address is support (at) buyprepaidcredits (dot) com.


Scott June 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I’d just like to confirm that as of June 15, 2014 this service 100% still works! Thanks for this super rad guide!


Brent June 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for the kind words and for letting everyone know that this still works! Enjoy!


Jim June 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Hello…just downloaded HMA and Got everything set up as per all the instructions. I’m able to access Hulu for a moment then get an error message telling me “Based on your IP Address, we notice you are trying to access Hulu Plus through an anonymous proxy tool…etc etc and wont let me continue. I’ve tried changing the IP address in HMA and set up an auto IP address change set of every 30 seconds. No luck. Any I doing something wrong or have I missed a step? Help!


Brent June 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Jim, don’t worry… we’ll get you all squared away. The first thing is that you won’t want to have HMA set to auto-change at all. Each time it does change you will lose your internet connection for a little bit and it will make watching Hulu Plus essentially impossible.

You will want HMA to use one IP address. For the best results, clean your cookies, cache, history in your internet browser and then turn on HMA. Then launch hulu plus and log in.

You might need to do this a few times choosing a new HMA location until one works. Honestly though, it’s still working for me so keep giving it a try. It really should work. Let me know if you need more help!


Tanya July 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hi Brent

We have gone through the set up. HMA works really well and watched us netflix all last night. We had to wait a day to try hulu. We tried again today and got a message saying the product is not available and when we checked he balance on the vanilla card it shows that there was a charge for the gift card. Unfortunately we have not yet received an email with out code. How long does it generally take for the code to arrive in your inbox?? And if something got mixed up how can we reverse the charge so we can try again??


Brent August 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Glad to hear that HMA is working well for you. Not sure about if you’ll be able to reverse the charges or not… When I have done it in the past, and didn’t have to mess around with the DIY method for hours, the code was delivered right away. Not sure why you didn’t get yours… sorry to hear that. I would suggest going for a done for you account from


Chris July 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I was able to set up a Hulu Account using VPN and have applied the Vanilla credit card to the Account. I am however stumped when it comes to downloading a HuluPlus App. Every time I try to access it automatically takes me to the Canadian ITunes site and Hulu App do not exist there. How can I get a copy of the App?


Brent August 7, 2014 at 4:43 pm

You will need a US iTunes account to download the Hulu Plus app. Here is the guide I put together to show you the process on how to do this: Thanks for your comment.


pam August 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi there,

I’m already virtually residing in the USA so it would just be a matter of getting the vanilla cc and buying hulu plus credit, is that right. How do I install hulu plus on ps3? I can access the us Netflix from my ps3 but don’t see an option to install hulu plus from the Sony store. Any ideas?


Brent August 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Yes, if you are already virtually residing in the USA all you will need now is the Hulu Plus account. You can try the Vanilla MasterCard DIY method but it can be tricky and a painful process. I always recommend the done for you method from Buy Preppaid Credits as it’s quick and easy.

As for your PS3, here is a guide on how to get it working. I’ve never tried it as I don’t have a PS3. Good luck!


Mike August 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

When I try to purchase the gift subscription using the Vanilla Mastercard, I get “Sorry, an unexpected error has occurred”. If I try a few more times, the message changes to “Sorry, the product you selected is invalid”. Why is this happening?


Brent August 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

The DIY process can be messy and that is why I always recommend the done for you method. In my experience, when you see that error. Forget about it for the day, have a good night sleep and try again tomorrow. Or, use the Vanilla MasterCard for something else and order up a starter pack from Buy Prepaid Credits.


David August 5, 2014 at 4:45 am

Hi – if I already have US hulu +, Netflix and Spotify accounts (live in US), can I access them using HMA when I move to Canada? Or do I have to open new accounts?


Brent August 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Yes, if you already have your accounts there is no need to cancel them and start over. You will need HMA so you can virtually reside in the USA once you arrive in Canada in order to make them work.


Doug August 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm


I’m from the US too. I’ve been in Canada for 14 years. One of the best things you can do is DO NOT give up your US credit cards! Use a relative or friend’s mailing address. Get your statements online so the only thing you’ll need to have is your replacement credit card mailed to you every few years. Phone number doesn’t matter if it’s in the US or Canada, as long as you can answer it and call from it when you need to activate a new card. I use my parents address with my Canadian phone number and it works fine.

Having a US credit card and combining it with a VPN connection will allow you to purchase and rent movies on MGO, Amazon Instant Video, have a hulu+ account, US Apple ID (very useful for US only apps and movies, although Apple doesn’t use geo-fencing) and buy online from US vendors that are not setup to accept foreign credit cards (have the package sent to family and pickup when you visit or have them forward as a “gift”).

Other very useful advice: Get Ooma for your phone before you move. You’ll be able to port your US number to it so friends and family can still call you in Canada as a local call, plus you’ll get a second number you can use for Canada, call all of Canada and US for free and the whole system will be able to ring at your home, forward to your ridiculously expensive Canadian cell phone (you’re in for a shock) or ring both home and cell at the same time. Best of all, Ooma quality is excellent it’s only $14 a month!

Also, on the subject of cell phone, look into the cost of a US cell phone with a Canadian voice/data roaming package. Some people claim it’s cheaper.
Unless you’re moving to Quebec, expect to pay starting prices in Canada of $65/month for 200 min and 500 MB of data.

Good luck.


Brent August 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

Doug, thanks for sharing your tips with David and the How To Get it in Canada community!


Fiona Rushworth October 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Can you confirm, it will cost $177 for the starter kit and the $6.55 per month for the HMA and the $7.99 per month for Hulu plus ?


Brent October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The Hulu Plus Starter Kits from are $177 for 12-months of Hulu Plus. It does not include the cost of HMA but you don’t need to pay for Hulu Plus again on top of the cost.


karen November 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Just wondering if this still works now in november 2014.

i followed the steps and have set the vpn for an isp in boston and i am getting a message from hulu that they noticed that i am not in the USA and cannot watch hulu, and this is after i set up the hulu account and they accepted my boston adderess and the prepaid credit card


Brent December 9, 2014 at 12:22 am

Yes, VPN is still working. Try clearing your cookies and cache, changing HMA locations and trying again. Keep changing your HMA location until you get one that works.


Tan December 5, 2014 at 3:30 am

please respond either by email or in comments what to do when Hulu won’t work this way as it will not work over VPN,,


Brent December 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

VPN is still working to watch Hulu Plus from outside of the USA. A few tips are to clear your cookies and cache, turn HMA on and connect to a US-based location, then head over to Hulu and log in. Let me know if you need more help.


Rabbit December 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Does hulu still work using a VPN or whatever?


Brent December 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

Yes, VPN is still working like a charm. Give it a risk free try for 30 days.


Nilanka December 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

Just checking to see if this guide still works. I heard Netflix, Hulu+, etc. will soon be placing restrictions on DNS or VPN connected accounts.

I’m hoping to get setup with HMA soon, but want to watch on my Roku and Chromecast. Unfortunately, I don’t know what a DD-WRT enabled router is. Do you know if I can get around needing a special router if I use the Plex Media Server instead, and stream everything directly from my PC?

Are there any special steps needed for adding US Amazon content?


Brent December 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

Yes it’s still working. If you turn on VPN and it’s not working, then just change your HMA location and try again. With 42,361 IP addresses and counting HMA is has the largest network of IPs for you to access.

VPNs and Chromecasts don’t play nice together unfortunately. A DD-WRT enabled router lets you install HMA directly on it so your entire network can be virtually residing in the USA.

Check out the post on how to get Amazon Instant video here:


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