How to Watch in the UK

20 May


If you live in the United States then you probably won’t get the reference, however if you live anywhere else, chances are you know exactly what I mean

For those not familiar, Hulu is a popular video playback site from NBC that streams many mainstream television shows right to your browser.  The biggest problem with the site is that it blocks access for users outside the continental United States.  Hulu isn’t the only site in the world that does this either.  Many sites restrict access based on the IP Address that you are currently connected with.

This is where Hotspot Shield comes to the rescue.

Hotspot Shield is a free software download that allows you to use the internet anonymously – for both Windows and Mac computers.  It works by providing you with a different IP address than you would normally get, allowing you to bypass country-type restrictions.

Here’s a look at just how easy it is to use.

Start by downloading the installer from the Hotspot Shield web site.  The installation uses the standard wizard-type interface and I only identified two noteworthy items during the install.  The first is that you should uncheck the box that says ‘Include the Hotspot Shield Community Toolbar’.  Unless you are one of those people that loves adding more toolbars to your browser, this will provide you with very little additional value.


The second item I noted was that during the install you will see one or more Windows Security prompts that let you know that Windows can’t verify the publisher of the driver software it is installing.  To complete the installation, click ‘Install this driver software anyway’.


Once the wizard completes, a browser window will open up taking you to the ‘Invite a Friend!’ page.  You are in no way obligated to do this.  In fact, you can probably just close that browser window and continue.


You should now see a little green shield in your system tray that looks like: Hotspot_Shield

It’s possible that it will be red depending on the current connection state (green is connected, red is disconnected).  If the shield is red, you can right-click on the icon and the pop-up menu will give you the option to connect.  The menu also allows you to look at the configuration properties and disconnect the Hotspot Shield.


Clicking on Properties in the menu will open a browser window and load the status page.  This page shows the current state of the shield and the current IP Address being assigned.  From here you can also disconnect the shield, or click on Show Config for more options and information.  The extended config screen shows you how much data has moved in and out since Hotspot Shield last connected and the date and time of the last connection.

Hotspot_Shield 7_Hotspot_Shield

So you are now good to go.  Reloading the site produces more favorable results than last time.  The message about ‘our video library can only be streamed within the United States’ will be replaced by a message that tells you that advertising can’t be loaded.  Amusingly enough, they offer a link to get support if you can’t see the ads.


After 30 seconds, the ad message is removed and the video playback begins.  The only downside to Hotspot Shield is that it forces an advertisement across the top of the web pages you load while connected.  I can deal with that though, simply scroll the page down.


Well, there you have it.  Hotspot Shield does a good job at helping you avoid country discrimination, but it has some other great benefits as well.  If you are prone to using public networks (e.g. hotels, coffee shops both wired and wireless) then you can use this utility to help keep your data safe and secure.

The software essentially creates a VPN (virtual private network) between your computer and the AnchorFree Internet gateway.  The tunnel created prevents hackers and would-be snoops from viewing your emails, instant messages, credit card information and anything else you happen to transmit.

What other tools do you use to make your Internet use more secure and anonymous?

Try it out and tell me what you think!

[Update] Hotspot will work under the latest version of wine!


59 Responses to “How to Watch in the UK”

  1. blades May 21, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    sod hulu… pandora is what i’m planning on using this for. thanks!

  2. Gotit May 21, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Great tip!

    Does anyone know if this will also work for sites that don’t stream into the U.S.? For instance will it work in the U.S. for who restricts streaming to the UK.

    • Mert D. December 17, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Anchor does only have network in US so it’s useful for US content only.

      I use vpn service. They have servers globally as well as US and UK. It gives access to all UK content like itv or bbc iplayer.

  3. linuxandall May 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    I think so, I mean it should however I am unable to test it. If you try please send me an email or leave me a comment and tell me if it worked.


  4. i8dbbq May 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I grabbed this and installed using wine. When I tried to connect there was a DDE error. I then installed it in XP running in VirtualBox and it connected fine; however I was unable to access the BBC iplayer from the US.

    • linuxandall May 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

      What distro are you using?

      • i8dbbq May 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

        I am using PCLOS

      • linuxandall May 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

        Okay, I’m not sure what to say as I’ve not really used that distro…

      • i8dbbq May 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

        It originally forked from Mandriva. No worries. I haven’t given up. It just didn’t work right out of the box for me.

      • linuxandall May 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

        Send me a link for PCLOS and I’ll make a partition on my holy hard disk for it and bless it with my use 😀

      • i8dbbq May 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

      • linuxandall May 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

        Looks cool, I’ll install it: take some screenshots and try and get HotSpot working

  5. John May 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Doesn’t work for Hulu anymore…or maybe just for me but I’m getting ‘you are hiding behind a proxy’ when I try and watch something…

  6. HappyJoe May 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    Not for me in the UK! The smart folk at now have the 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…”

    So much for that. Or should I blame my Mac???

    • linuxandall May 22, 2010 at 2:49 am #

      Did you follow all the steps exactly? If you have send me a screenshot of the page. I’m not sure whether it is Macs that it doesn’t work on as I have used both on Ubuntu and Windows Vista

      • Rory June 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

        I’ve got the same problem on Windows 7. Think Hulu have got wise to it. Unless someone has a way to get round it?

      • linuxandall June 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

        Yes I’ve noticed that from the comments. Try using Proxify. It is a good tool I use to get round the MegaVideo time limit. Google proxify


      • Hulu March 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

        I tried boxpn on windows 7 and works like a charm.

  7. zoe May 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    thanks soooooooooooo much, man! this is genius! i recently put up naruto episodes which Hulu provided for me on my website and i was really happy cause everyone’s been nagging me about it for a while but then…I CAME ACROSS THIS GENIUS! thanks soooooooooooooooooo much again buddy!

    • linuxandall May 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

      I’m glad you liked the post so much. If you want more posts like that subscribe and share the blog on with your friends.

  8. hulu boy June 1, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    I just did it using a mac and it worked. Thanks dude!

  9. Techiegeek June 2, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    Hotspot Shield is a great service and for free!

  10. faeez June 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    I’m using Ubuntu 10.04 and wine. On start up I get DDE error.

    Any suggestions?

    • linuxandall June 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

      Check out the new blog. I’ll be doing a new post on it using some different stuff for the same thing.

  11. Angel Mass June 29, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    Why is this on a Linux website?

  12. Gonzalo June 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I was trying to make anchorfree work under wine, but it doesn’t.
    It installs OK, then I click on ‘Connect’, it opens firefox under wine (that’s my default browser), but firefox cannot connect to the URL
    Any suggestion???

  13. Cheldear July 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    yeah, Proxify doesn’t work. neither does my friend’s proxy server nor mine…

    I can’t use wine.

    anyone been able to get hotspot to work with a winblowz box?

  14. adel August 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    i try it with win7 it’s great but it doesn’t work with my ubuntu 10.04 . i used the last virgin of wine , thank you

  15. Tom October 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    HS did not work for me. (as far as I know Hotspotshield has been blocked in full by hulu )
    Either I got message that I am trying to access hulu via proxy or I got no internet connection at all.
    Fond a better way although it is not free.
    I was looking for such option (to watch hulu anytime, anywhere) for a long, long time. I have tried many different ways off connecting (TOR, Proxies, Hotspotshied) but all of them were slow, time consuming to setup (I was spending more time setting stuff up than watching stuff) or not working (imagine how annoying it is – you’re wasting 30-40 min. to download stuff, read instructions and so on and so on… just to find out that hulu is still not working). With all those half measures speed is also big problem – as it turns out you need to wait 5 min to buffer video up in order to watch for a 30 seconds.
    I have looked at other – paid for – options. Tried few of them and I have to honestly say. HideIP VPN ( is the best.
    1. Price is very reasonable.
    2. Beside US IP you can get UK IP (to watch bbc or itv or listen to spotify!).
    3. Speed is awesome since they got servers all over the US.
    4. Can be used as VPN (for all net traffic) or proxy.
    5. Support and help is great – I even got help from them on Sunday once.
    6. Works on me netbook, works on my iPhone!!! (which is cool because on iPhone you can watch BBC iPlayer)
    7. That is the best – no more fear!!! With their service I can use torrents again

    Overall… for a few bucks a month I got great and versatile service – worth every penny/cent/drahma

  16. AppleBottomJeans December 14, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    I’d actually recommend using a paid VPN. Hot spot shield doens’t seem to work anymore. The one I use is VPN Authority ( It is pretty easy and really flexible in terms of servers. Hope this helps my fellow hulu-ers. 🙂

    • Ronnie February 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Great suggestion. VPN Authority worked amazingly for me. The price and simplicity of setup is great. Martin was also very patient with me… had some minor things I needed to change. It was completely my fault though. 🙂

    • Luner March 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      I use boxpn and works great for both HULU and Netflix.

  17. June 13, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    I use UnoTelly. It’s a specialized way to unblock Hulu and other restrictions. (
    While you can’t do the normal VPN stuffs like anonymous browsing, it’s a lot cheaper than VPN if all you want is to watch Hulu outside USA.

  18. ola November 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    I use Streaming VPN ( ) and it’s extremely easy to use. The customer support and pricing is unbeatable. More so you get the privilege to have top security on your account which is the most reason why I like to use. I recommend it for everyone. Thank me later.

  19. frankie_b December 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Hotspot Shield did not connect. As for the other recommendations well you can watch HULU and other streaming media, but then you’ll have to pay for the privilege, minimum price seems to be around $5.00 per month. Personally I just download the stuff I want to watch from the USA using torrents, most TV episodes are released on torrents, 3-4 hours after they’re broadcast in the US, and always one season ahead of the UK, best of all it costs you nothing.

  20. jennifer April 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    If you’re looking for a way to watch shows from the us then You should really try UnoTelly the don’t require you to download anything just sign up an they tell you what to do it’s so simple an easy an fast it really is unbelievable an if you have any problems you can contact them an they reply to you faster than big corporations go to their website an try it out

  21. iMillenium May 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Cool, might try this to watch slayers and other animes…

  22. Chi June 18, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    It worked for me! 😀

    I am in the UK (Channel Islands though – not mainland. Maybe this makes a difference and lets me go undetected by Hulu?) and I’m on Windows Vista, and I could play stuff on Hulu! I was so happy! Thank you tons, I’m enjoying watching my favourite American shows now. 🙂

  23. calum June 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Hotspot no longer works on Hulu. Godspeed.

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  25. Katy September 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU! so happy now! I love us tv and now I can easily watch it without having to go to strange websites to find it haha, as you can tell i’m pretty happy right now XD xxx

  26. eva October 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Hot spot no longer works from the uk to watch hulu

  27. Josh44 December 4, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    If you want to watch Hulu in UK and other countries you may use a VPN service. For example I’m testing a VPN from Kepard for more than a month and i’m quite satisfied with it. I had just to create an account through a link which was provided by a friend of mine. In case you get interested just register through this link: tinyurl(dot)com/c85uhnu and get 15 days of free VPN, then if you like it just invite another friends of yours and get 30 days of free usage per invite. Just give it a shot. 🙂

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