Access Hulu From Outside The US Without A Proxy Server

We've featured one or two ways to watch Hulu from outside the US, but one user over at Reddit has discovered a fairly easy way, without an outside proxy server, to watch Hulu just by closing a few ports.

The hack requires Firefox, along with the Modify Headers add-on. All you need to do is install the add-on, go to Tools > Modify Headers and add a new one. In the first box, type X-Forwarded-For and in the second box, type in the IP adddress of any US website. Leave the other box blank and save the filter.

Then, block TCP and UDP port 1935. To do so on Mac, all you need to do is type the following in a Terminal window:

sudo ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 1935

sudo ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 1935

Linux users can install iptables to do it through Terminal as well, with the commands:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp —dport 1935 -j DROP

iptables -A INPUT -p udp —dport 1935 -j DROP

Windows users should be able to follow these instructions to correctly block the ports.

This method should allow access not just to Hulu, but many other US-only streaming sites. Note that this may disable Flash on other sites, so you'll only want to enable this while you're watching video on one of these sites. We Lifehacker editors are all in the US, however, so we can't verify the efficacy of this method. Thus, be sure to let us know what does and does not work for you in the comments, and we'll edit the post accordingly. Also be sure to check out the original post at Reddit and the comments over there, as they have been honing the method quite well.

HULU BREAKTHROUGH!! I am watching Hulu in Canada right now! Without a proxy server. Anyone else care to test? [Reddit]


    Looks like they patched the hole already. Tested from Australia - get the usual 'We're sorry ... ' message. *sigh*

      I had no luck to begin with, turns out I was just using an IP they must've already blocked (Google's). Try another US-based website because it worked for me (I'm from Australia as well).

        can u tell me wich ip u r using I have tried many but no luck

      Not so! I'm in Melbourne and it's working for me. However, it seems a bit laggy; you might need to let things buffer in.

      Doesn't work with a Netflix account, alas -- trying to log into mine still gave me the "you're outside the 50 US States" error message.

    well for me work like a charm.

    any way there is one modification in iptable command its --dport not -dport

      I get an error using either –dport or -dport
      1) Bad argument `–dport'
      2) Bad argument `1935'

      Any ideas what it could be? All I did was copy/paste from the code above.

      And because the comment box seems to like auto-"correcting", it's two dashes in front of dport, but with no spaces: - -dport

    Gahhh, got though all that config, and the bloody 64-bit Firefox of course has no Flash player available on Windows. Time to boot to Linux....

    Working for me from Aus :)

    For Windows 7 port block, do the following:

    Go to Start -> Run -> WF.msc -> Outbound Rules -> New Rule -> Select 'Port' -> Enter TCP port 1935 -> Block the Connection

    Go to Start -> Run -> WF.msc -> Outbound Rules -> New Rule -> Select 'Port' -> Enter UDP port 1935 -> Block the Connection

    Tried various different versions of this hack, and it does not work. In sydney, using a mac.

      Same problem here. Running OS X in Canberra.

    Had it working yesterday from Singapore, but looks like the hole was plugged up. I manged to watch High Fidelity

    Just tried. Seems to be plugged. running Windows 7 from Brisbane.

    looks like hulu fixed it

    Yep I'm in Sydney and it seems like Hulu fixed it.

    I just use Anchor Free and use the Opera browser and that works for me :D :D

    (Just a hint with Anchor Free, if it doesn't work the first time you connect, just disconnect and connect again to a different US IP address proxy)

    Well, I just tested it, and it's still working for me. Try using a different IP to the one you're trying?

    look like sometimes its working some times not

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