Watch Hulu in Canada – Part 2

Update: The service in this post does not appear to work any longer.
Your best bet is to try the Hide My Ass! Pro VPN Service.
Worked last time I tried it.

By far the most popular post I have written here is my How to Watch Hulu in Canada. Unfortunately the method using Hotspot Shield has stopped working. I did not care to much, since there was not much I was interested in seeing on Hulu.

Recently however I was doing some search engine optimization and discovered that the search engine results for Google.com appeared to be returning information that was different from what Google Webmaster Tools was telling me. Basically what was happening was Google knew I was in Canada from my IP address even though I was searching from Google.com and returning to me the same results that I would get from Google.ca. I had to get a US IP to test the search engine results.

While all that is great, what does any of it have to do with Hulu? Well the beauty of having a US based IP address can allow you to watch Hulu streams. The new VPN service I discovered is UltraVPN and it has been working great, to check my Google.com search engine results and so far to watch Hulu streams. While I have not watched a great deal of Hulu using it, I have caught a few episodes of shows that I have missed up here. If you are looking for a way to watch Hulu in Canada give it a try. No guarantees that Hulu will not close this one down at some point either, but until they do at least we can enjoy it.

Watch Hulu in Canada

Update: The service in this post does not appear to work any longer.
Your best bet is to try the Hide My Ass! Pro VPN Service.
Worked last time I tried it.

I have enjoyed way to many videos on YouTube, and I was somewhat looking forward to Hulu when it was set to launch about a year ago. Of course Hulu has blocked anyone that does not have a US IP address, so I have not been able to watch anything on Hulu. Well I was stumbling the other day and came across a post from LifeHacker talking about a program called Hotspot Shield.

HotSpot Shield is a Windows only application that creates a connection to a server in the US, and hides my actual IP address. Install it on a Windows machine running XP or Vista (32bit) and you can surf hiding your real IP address and have an IP address that is located in the US. Visit Hulu after installing it and running it and presto you can now watch Hulu videos even though you are in Canada. Be care what yo check when you install HotSpot Shield. It will ask you if you want to install a toolbar, and reset your homepage and you don’t want to do that. I installed it on a copy of Windows XP that I run in a VirtualBox virtual PC on my Ubuntu laptop and it worked great.

Hulu is not to bad actually, they just need to figure out there is more to the world than just the US. Of course if you are in Canada you can watch some TV on demand on CTV.ca and CBC.ca. If you were wondering what I wanted to watch on Hulu it was the last season of Battlestar Galactica.