Popular US TV streaming service Hulu has started to blacklist all VPN users from its service, regardless of their location. It has not issued any explanation of why it made such move, and given that it will likely loose many paying customers through this action, its motives are unclear.

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What is also unclear is how Hulu thinks this tactic will work. The fact that  DNS spoofing services such as UnoDNS are still reported as working shows that only a crude IP block is in place, so it will only be a matter of time before VPN providers cycle their list of IP addresses to get around it.

At the time of writing we understand that PureVPN, 12VPN and HMA have all updated their servers and Hulu can now be accessed through them, and we expect other providers to soon follow suit. Of course, Hulu can always blacklist these new IPs too, but that is a game of unending whack-a-mole it cannot hope to win…

This is a breaking story, so we will update this article as further news becomes available.

Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. You can now follow me on Twitter - @douglasjcrawf.

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2 responses to “Hulu blocks VPN

  1. I currently streaming Hulu in Japan via ExpressVPN. I’ve tried a couple of servers ExpressVPN provides (that’s all they provide in order to watch Hulu), but the quality is not quite satisfactory. Is it part of the reason due to Hulu’s blocking? Thanks!

    1. Hi Janet,

      Hulu has not made any statements as to why they are blocking VPN, but the general consensus is that is to do with regional licensing deals with the content creators. FWIW, the free Hola!browser extension should still work, as do SmartDNS services…

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