Well first of all before Operation Hulu Canada started, I had to do a little checking, Hulu is actually great and has lots of the best American series, including the Simpsons and family guy. However there is also lots of information on the internet about how it is completely inaccessible outside the USA, and that includes using anonymous proxies to block your IP address.
Indeed if you do try and watch Hulu from anywhere outside the US then this is the message you'll receive.
Hulu Canada - First Attempt
Well I wasn't sure this was going to work, but usually just using Identity Cloaker and selecting one of their proxies in the correct location allows you to view 99% of Geo-Restricted content, indeed works like a charm for watching BBC Iplayer but Hulu was rumoured to block this method.
So I changed my proxy to a US one and fired up Hulu again, looked a great series of programmes called Cities of the Underworld but when I tried to watch, I got a different message.
Although I didn't get the country restricted message, using one of Identity Cloakers US Proxies didn't work either.
It looked like Hulus Flash Media Player bypassed the proxy settings for some reason, it is probably by design and this would stop 99% of proxies being used to access Hulu.
Watching Hulu from Canada - next try
Well using US Proxy didn't work, I checked under all the major browsers with similar results to above - the Hulu content wouldn't play. So the next logical method was by streaming through a VPN which is based in the USA. Fortunately Identity Cloaker comes bundled with a customised version of OpenVPN. From the Identity Cloaker console screen you can start up OpenVPN and select one of the US Proxy Servers to connect to, I chose an East Coast server for testing as I was in the UK at the time of testing.
Important - You'll notice that there are lots of servers you can connect to (new servers get added all the time), but for watching Hulu and any video streaming it's best to use UDP (User datagram Protocol) rather than TCP. Don't worry it's quite simple, make sure you choose one of the MAC compatible servers (even if you're using a PC) to connect to as they all work in UDP, it's a much quicker protocol for streaming video than TCP - so you'll get better results.
Just sign in here with your Identity Cloaked account and then your entire connection is streamed via that server, and of course compressed and encrypted to make you completely anonymous as well.
This should make me look completely indistinguishable from a US Internet Surfer, so I dashed off to Hulu to try again. This time I thought I'd try and watch a new episode of Family Guy to test my connection. So I made sure my OpenVPN connection was working (you'll see two little computer icons in the task bar - green when connected)
This was the result of using Identity Cloakers Open VPN connections -
As you can see it works, and it worked very well, Identity Cloakers US Servers seemed very quick and if you were trying to watch Hulu from Canada they would be even quicker. I generally get one little pause to buffer the video stream per episode but that will vary depending on your connection. Open VPN connections can sometimes be sensitive to upload speeds but I didn't get a problem with that at all.
I made a rather bad video - if you wanted to see the steps I took to enable my friend to watch Hulu from Canada, and me from anywhere ! The secret of course is to use a USA proxy - here's the video.
Well I hope you're able to view that video, it should demonstrate how easy it is to use, you don't have to set up complicated VPN options as the software does it for you, just click and login and watch Hulu wherever you are. Install on to your USB drive and you can watch it on any computer you happen to be using as well. Hotspot shield was the cheapest way to view Hulu but unfortunately that's now been blocked, mind you it was always painfully slow to use.
So that was it my mission to watch Hulu Canada was successful, oh and of course watching Hulu from anywhere outside the USA as long as you have a subscription to Identity Cloaker. Canadian or other French speaking viewers may also be interested in watching some of the content on French web sites, here's how you can access M6 Replay using the French proxy in Identity Cloaker.
Why not test is out ? It's simple to use, and for the price of a Starbucks coffee you can try the trial version of Identity Cloaker for 10 days - Trial of Identity Cloaker.
It can also be used to access Geo restricted stuff from all over the world, I can definitely recommend the BBC Iplayer which gives you access to BBC programmes through your browser.
If you try Identity Cloaker - ask for the new version IDC2, it's about to be released it allows you to watch Hulu without using the VPN mode so is much easier, it's also quicker than the original programme.