How to Stream Hulu outside the USA


Watching your favourite shows on Hulu is a struggle if you aren’t located in the US. As one of the most popular streaming services in the USA, Hulu offers a diverse selection of TV shows, movies, and exclusive content. Hulu has evolved into a major streaming platform since its launch in 2007. However, it remains under-evolved in its global availability. If you aren’t located in the USA, good luck. 

Using a VPN will successfully trick Hulu into believing you’re in the USA, no matter whether you’re watching Hulu from the UK or Timbuktu. You’ll be able to open the Hulu website, but when it comes time to actually buy a subscription, you’ll be stuck. 

Why? Hulu uses two checks to ensure that you’re coming from the USA. The first one is that your IP address is coming from the USA, which your VPN takes care of. The second is that you are using a US payment method

StatesCard is the solution to subscribe and pay for whatever US-based streaming service you’d like, including Hulu. In this article, we will outline how you can pay for Hulu and unlock streaming freedom. 

What is Hulu?

Hulu is a subscription-based online streaming service that provides a vast collection of content, including currently-updating TV shows, classic series, and a wide selection of movies. As one of the top five streaming services in the USA, Hulu has established itself as a go-to platform for viewers seeking a blend of current episodes and an extensive library of past content. 

On Hulu, you can find sitcom classics like Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, and Modern Family. At the same time, you can find current TV trailblazers like A Murder at the End of the World, Black Cake, The Bear, and Goosebumps. Interested in some auteur cinema? Check out Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Gone Girl, and Black Swan

If you’re curious to know what kind of content you’re signing up for with a Hulu subscription, take a look at the lists at the end of this article for some fantastic popular picks. 

Subscription plans

Hulu offers many subscription plan options. To start with, you can choose whether you’d like to pay just for Hulu or to bundle your subscription with Disney+ and ESPN+.

The Hulu-only subscription gives you two further options: Hulu (with ads) and Hulu (ad-free)

Hulu (with ads) is only $7.99 a month. 

Meanwhile, Hulu (ad-free) is $17.99 a month. 

Both offer a 30-day free trial for you to enjoy, so try one out and see! 

The bundle subscription offers three further options: Disney Bundle Trio Basic, Disney Bundle Trio Premium, and Hulu + Live TV. Here’s a great graphical breakdown of the difference between them. 

Why is Hulu blocking non-US payments?

Hulu, like most other online streaming services, has licensing agreements with the movies and TV shows that compose its library. They get to decide which countries their content is streamed in, not Hulu. 

Blocking non-US payments is just one of the methods that streaming services employ to comply with these licensing agreements. That’s why you need a US payment method to be able to subscribe to Hulu. However, you’ll still need a VPN to convince Hulu servers that you’re located in the USA. 

Why do I need a US payment method for streaming?

The first check a streaming service will perform is to make sure that your IP is located in the USA, which you can pass with a VPN. The second check is that you have a US-based payment method. Streaming services check this by ensuring that the first 6 numbers (the BIN) of your card are associated with a US bank, and that you have a billing address located in the USA. 

StatesCard is a virtual prepaid US card that works just as well paying for US-based online services as a physical card you’d have living in the USA. It comes with a US BIN and US billing address, making it available for instant use on any US-based online service. 

What is a virtual US card?

A virtual US card is a virtual card that can be used for any US-based service online, bypassing geo-restrictions. Geo-restrictions bar international users from paying for US-based streaming services like Hulu. This frustrating practice happens due to licensing agreements that streaming services have with the distributors of movies and TV shows. With a virtual US card, you can pay for Hulu or any other streaming service you’d like to access. 

Why StatesCard for streaming?

StatesCard is the best way to pay for Hulu and other streaming services in the USA. Why choose StatesCard to do the job?

  • Get your card in minutes with our quick sign-up process
  • Load funds instantly via credit card or Paypal
  • No per-transaction fees
  • After getting your virtual card issued for $14.99, the monthly price is $3.95. The price of your morning coffee
  • Created by veterans of the VPN community - no more Hulu gift cards from sketchy websites

Do I need a VPN to pay for Hulu? 

You don’t need a VPN to download the Hulu app. All you’ll need is to log in with a US Apple ID

However, Hulu will not let anyone located outside of the USA open the app and pay. You’ll need a VPN, such as StreamLocator, to change your virtual location to the USA before paying. 

How to pay for Hulu outside the US?

To pay for Hulu outside the USA, have your StatesCard ready. Don’t worry about turning your VPN on just yet. You don’t need a VPN to make a US Apple ID and download the app, but you will need your VPN on to open the app.

  1. Create StatesCard Account: Making an account is as fast as entering your name, email, and address. 

  1. Load Funds for the First Time: Now that your account is set up, load funds onto your virtual US prepaid card.

  1. Pay for the Service: Since the Hulu website doesn’t accept prepaid virtual cards, you’ll need to pay for Hulu in the App Store. To do this: 

a. Create a US Apple ID as per this article. You will be making a new Apple ID and setting its location to the USA. You may need to open a new email, since you can’t use the same email as your existing Apple ID. 

b. Add StatesCard as the payment method for your US Apple ID. 

c. Log in to the App Store with your US Apple ID, and download the Hulu app.

d. Turn on your VPN and set your virtual location to the USA.

e. Open the app, select “Start your free trial”, and select your plan.

f. Enter your registration details.

g. Pay for Hulu.

  1. Enjoy Streaming: Watch Hulu’s exciting selection of brand new content and time-tested classics!

What to watch on Hulu?

Good question! Here are some of the most popular TV shows and movies as of the time of writing this article. We’ve watched and enjoyed many of these ourselves.

TV shows: 

  • The Great
  • Castle Rock
  • The Bear
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • PEN15
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Ramy
  • Normal People
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Shrill
  • Reservation Dogs
  • The Mindy Project
  • Fargo
  • Atlanta


  • Parasite 
  • Palm Springs
  • I, Tonya
  • Run 
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Die Hard
  • Akira
  • Alien
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Booksmart
  • Nomadland
  • Happiest Season
  • Fresh
  • Fire Island

Hulu originals:

  • The Great
  • Handmaid’s Tale
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Shrill
  • The Act
  • Castle Rock
  • Normal People
  • Letterkenny
  • The Dropout
  • The Mindy Project
  • Love, Victor
  • Dopesick
  • Casual
  • Mrs. America
  • PEN15