For some ridiculous reason, many (or perhaps all) shows on hulu.com cannot be watched when outside of the United States. This is the message you get when attempting to watch a video while in France.
We’re sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu’s international availability, click here.
If you’re inside the United States and believe you’ve received this message in error, please click here.
This also applies to the following problems, which conveniently gives me the opportunity to include some keywords directly in my post.
- How to use pbskids.org from outside of the United States.
- How to listen to pandora.com outside of the United States.
There are simple solutions though. The simplest is to visit http://hotspotshield.com/, download the free version, install and enjoy.
Should Hotspot shield ever stop functioning or should hulu block access via hotspot shield, there are a number of other free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to choose from (see http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-completely-free-vpn-services-protect-privacy/).
Why It Works
The basic idea is that whenever you visit a website while using a VPN, the VPN acts as a go-between for you and the website. The website thinks it’s dealing with the VPN when in reality the VPN is passing all of the information on to you. Generally this is not the main purpose of VPNs – they are used for security. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vpn.