We have some bad news for Aussie Hulu fans: the US-based video streaming service has just blocked international customers using virtual private networks (VPNs). In other words, you now have one less way to access movies and TV shows without resulting to piracy. Here's what you can do about it.
According to a recent TorrentFreak report, Hulu began denying VPN users access sometime last week. In place of the requested video, users now receive the following message:
Based on your IP address, we noticed you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tool. Hulu is not currently available outside the U.S. If you're in the U.S., you'l need to disable your anonymizer to access videos on Hulu.
As the above message indicates, this latest geo-blocking measure is also ensnaring legitimate US customers who simply want to protect their privacy. Whoops.
So is there anything Australian users can do about it? That largely depends on your VPN provider of choice. Some of the bigger VPN services such as TorGuard have already begun deploying countermeasures and will set up dedicated IPs which are likely to remain undetected.
Alternatively, it might be time to switch to a streaming service that isn't trying to block your business so zealously. Click here for the Lifehacker Guide to streaming overseas content.