While Hulu is a magnificent service, it’s currently only available in the US.
So, if you live or are traveling to South Africa, your Hulu subscription could go to waste.
However, that doesn’t have to be the case. With a VPN, you can obtain a US IP address and access the platform from South Africa.
I tried two methods successfully and in this guide, I’ll take you through both, step by step.
What You Will Need
Here is the list of things you’ll need to follow this guide and successfully access Hulu in South Africa:
- A VPN or Smart DNS service
- An active Hulu subscription
- A compatible device (computer, smartphone, Apple TV, etc)
Step by Step Instructions
How to Watch Hulu in South Africa With a VPN?
How to Watch Hulu in South Africa With Smart DNS?
Unlike VPNs, Smart DNS services allow you to access geo-restricted content without encrypting your online traffic.
That means you won’t experience any speed loss which bonds well for streaming.
Here is how to watch Hulu in South Africa using Smart DNS.
- Subscribe to a Smart DNS proxy or a VPN that offers a Smart DNS service (I recommend Surfshark).
- Open the Smart DNS service’s web page and log-in with your credentials.
- Click the get started button if you’re using Surfshark. (Note that the process can vary slightly depending on the service you’re using).
- Select activate Smart DNS to generate a Smart DNS address for your device.
- Open Hulu and sign in to your account.
Voila! Now you can stream any title or live TV channel on Hulu.
Why Is Hulu Not Available for Streaming in South Africa?
Currently, Hulu is only available in America.
As such, you can’t stream its content from any other country, including South Africa.
When you try to access the service, you’ll see the following error:
Hulu geo-restricted due to copyright issues.
Another reason why the service is not available in South Africa is because of content licensing agreements.
By geo-blocking its content, the company is able to improve the value of its foreign licensing contracts. And since streaming services have to pay fees for each country, this lowers the cost of operation.
Recently, Hulu announced that they will finally expand outside the US.
However, in the meantime, you’ll have to use a VPN to access the streaming service.
But as you probably, not all VPNs are created equal.
While a few service providers can guarantee access, others struggle to unblock Hulu.
Personally, I use NordVPN but you can’t go wrong with any of our best VPNs for Hulu.
How Much Is Hulu in South Africa?
Hulu offers four subscription plans making it easy to find an option that suits your needs and budget.
Hulu Basic- $5.99/Month
Hulu’s basic plan will only set you back $5.99 per month, which makes it one of the cheapest streaming services on the market.
Its content is ad-supported but for such a low price, it offers good value for money.
Hulu Premium - $11.99/Month
If you would rather ditch the ads, then you can opt for Hulu Premium for $11.99 per month.
The content is ad-free, which allows for an uninterrupted streaming experience.
Hulu Basic + Live TV -$54.99/Month
Hulu Basic + Live TV adds over 65 channels to your ad-supported Hulu plan.
You get live access to news and sports coverage from channels like Fox News, CNN, NBCSN, and ESPN.
Another great thing about this service is that it allows you to stream new episodes of current shows as early as a day after they air.
Hulu Premium + Live TV - $60.99/Month
Hulu Premium + Live offers an even smoother transition from live TV thanks to its ad-free on-demand streaming. It costs $60.99 per month.
Hulu also offers add-on pricing from networks like Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, and HBO. The platform also allows you to bundle its ad-supported service with Disney Plus for an extra fee.
How Do I Pay for Hulu in South Africa?
Hulu requires you to use a US credit card when creating an account.
Luckily, there are a few workarounds that allow you to purchase a Hulu subscription without an American bank account.
Change Your Postal Code
While a South African credit card will work, you’ll need to obtain and use a US postal code. There are numerous free websites that you can use to find a valid American postal code.
Get a Hulu Gift Card
Alternatively, you can purchase a Hulu gift card using your credit card or PayPal.
As you can tell, it’s easy to watch Hulu in South Africa. All you need is a reliable VPN service like NordVPN that offers American servers.
I hope this guide was helpful to you. If you are still experiencing any issues, you can let me know in the comment section below.