You can watch Hulu on your PS5 console. However, it’s important to note that Hulu is currently only available to users located in the United States. In addition, you will need an active account with a purchased subscription to access Hulu content. You only need to download the Hulu app from the PlayStation Store in the media section and sign in to your Hulu account. You can start watching Hulu on PS5.
How to install and watch Hulu on PS5
The process of installing Hulu on your console is actually quite simple. Like the other apps, you can find it on the PlayStation Store and install it there. You just need to:
- Select the Media tab located at the top of the screen. This will take you to the media options available on your PS5.
- Go to All Apps and press the X button.
- Scroll down, find Hulu, and download it. You can also use the Search option in the upper right corner to find the Hulu app.
- After installation, navigate to the Media tab and locate the Hulu app. Open it.
- Within the Hulu app, click on the Login button.
- Look for the option to obtain a new code and click on it.
- A unique Activation Code will appear on your TV screen.
- Using any web browser, visit the Hulu website’s activation page.
- Log in to your Hulu account by providing your account credentials.
- Enter the Activation Code displayed on your TV screen into the appropriate field on the activation page.
- Click on the Activate button to proceed with the activation process.
How to subscribe to Hulu
To begin streaming Hulu on your PS5, obtaining a paid subscription to the Hulu platform is necessary. Hulu provides the option to access live TV in addition to their pre-filled library. To subscribe to Hulu, follow these steps:
- Visit the Hulu website (www.hulu.com).
- On the homepage, click on the “Start Your Free Trial” or “Subscribe Now” button. This will initiate the subscription process.
- You will be presented with different subscription plans. Hulu offers various options, including basic ad-supported, ad-free, and live TV plans.
- Select the subscription plan that best suits your preferences by clicking on the corresponding “Select” or “Get Started” button.
- You will be directed to a page where you will need to create your Hulu account. Provide the necessary information, including your email address and a strong password.
- Select any desired add-ons and proceed.
- Enter your billing information, including your name, address, and payment method (credit/debit card or PayPal).
- Once you have reviewed everything, click on the “Submit” or “Place Order” button to confirm your subscription.
Hulu’s major plans
Hulu offers various subscription plans to cater to different viewing preferences. The major plans include the ad-supported, ad-free, and Hulu + Live TV plans. More details about Hulu plans you can find on the Hulu website. In the table, you can find Hulus’s basic plans.
|Hulu (Ad-Supported)||$7.99/month||– Access to the ad-supported streaming library|
|Students||$1.99/month*||– Eligibility criteria apply|
|Hulu (No Ads)||$14.99/month||– Ad-free streaming experience (excluding a few shows with ads before and after the video)|
How to watch Hulu if I’m not in the U.S.?
If you’re outside of the United States and want to watch Hulu, you typically need to bypass the geographical restrictions. Here’s a general approach to watching Hulu from outside the USA:
- Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service: It can mask your location and make it appear like you’re accessing Hulu from within the USA. Select a reputable VPN service that offers servers in the US.
- Install and configure the VPN: Download and install the VPN app on your device. Open the app and connect to a VPN server located in the US. This will assign you a US IP address, making it seem like you’re accessing Hulu from within the country.
- Start streaming Hulu: Once you have created your Hulu account, you can start streaming your favorite shows and movies. Make sure to remain connected to the VPN while accessing Hulu to maintain access.
It’s important to note that using a VPN to access Hulu from outside the US may be against Hulu’s terms of service. Additionally, the effectiveness of VPNs can vary, and Hulu actively blocks some VPN services. Therefore, choosing a reliable and reputable VPN provider is recommended to increase your chances of successful access.
What to do if Hulu doesn’t work on your PS5 or PS4
Sometimes it happens that the Hulu app may not work or may work improperly on your console. There can be a variety of reasons for this. This can happen to you both on PS4 and PS5. Since the systems in these consoles are similar, the ways to solve the problems are also not very different.
If you have problems with the Hulu service, you should try it first:
Check the network connection
First, you should ensure that your network connection is stable and that it is not the problem. The best way to do this is to connect another device to the access point and see if it has internet. Your phone or laptop would be perfect for this.
If you see that the connection is broken, you can try restarting your router or wiring your console to the internet. If you can’t connect the console over the wire, move your router closer and ensure nothing is interfering with the signal.
You can also try streaming the Internet from your smartphone and see if your console will work with a mobile hotspot.
Turn off the power to your console.
If you have a system bug, restarting your device is one of the fastest and most reliable fixes. It helps to close all applications at once and eliminate many bugs:
- Hold down the power button on your PS5 or PS4.
- Wait for the device to shut down completely
- Unplug it from the power source
- Leave it without power for a few minutes
- Then reconnect the console to the power supply
- Try to run Hulu again and see if anything changes
Rebuild your PlayStation database.
Rebuilding the database is a simple solution that solves most problems on your console. To do this, you need to:
- Hold down the power button on your console for 5-10 seconds. Release it only after 2 beeps.
- The device should shut down
- Wait 30 seconds
- Then just press and hold the power button until you hear 2 beeps
- During the second beep, release the power button
- Connect your controller with the USB cable to the set-top box
- This will bring you to the safe mode
- In the menu, select the option Rebuild database. This might take a few minutes. Then you will have to power off the console.
- Then turn it on again and try to enter the Hulu app. It should work correctly.
Also, keep in mind that this will not delete all your data on the console.
Check your VPN
If you use a VPN program to view Hulu, check it. You may have problems with it.
Reinstall the app
You might have had an error loading the application. In this case, a simple reinstall should save the situation. Simply uninstall Hulu and download the program again.
Check if there are any problems on the Hulu side
It is also useful to go to the internet and read news about whether there is a problem with the streaming service. It may be that the failure is on their side. In this case, you just need to wait until the service will work again.