Below are a few common "Getting Started" questions and answers that will help you get the most out of your Hulu Plus subscription.
1. An Account: To start watching Hulu Plus, you’ll first need an account. Just head to the official signup page.
If this is your first time using the service, you'll be given a free week trial to check it out and see what you think. The subscription will automatically roll over into a paid subscription after the trial ($7.99 a month), so if you don't want to keep going, be sure to cancel before the eighth day. If you've used Hulu Plus in the past, you won't be eligible for the free trial – but the signup process is the same. Just hit "Start my subscription" after you see the message that you'll be charged.
2. A Device: Next, you'll need some sort of internet-enabled device, such as a supported smart TV, smart phone, or gaming system. You can see all of the devices we support here. If you already have one of these devices, you can learn more about getting set up here.
If you want to watch from your computer, that’s okay, too! Just go to www.hulu.com and log in (in the top right corner of the page) if necessary. Then, you can browse for a show and start watching.
3. An Internet Connection: Finally, you’ll want to make sure your internet connection meets our system requirements. We recommend a downstream bandwidth of 1.5 mbps for Standard Definition videos and of 3.0 mbps for High Definition videos.
1. More Videos: With Hulu Plus, you gain access to more seasons and more episodes of your favorite shows. One great example is Law and Order: SVU, which has 5 episodes available to free users, while Hulu Plus subscribers can watch over 300 episodes from 15 different seasons. There are also plenty of TV shows that are only available to Hulu Plus members. You can find a list of all the shows and movies available through Hulu Plus here.
2. More Devices: A subscription to Hulu Plus also allows you to watch your shows on various supported devices, such as phones, tablets, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and many more. For more information on supported devices, visit here.
3. High Definition: Additionally, with Hulu Plus you can watch certain programs in 720p HD quality - which is especially nice when watching on the TV.
*Please note that our license agreements for our content allow for one stream per account – so you can activate your Hulu Plus subscription on as many devices as you please, but you can only stream to one of them at a time.
One of the quickest ways to find the show you are looking for is to use the search bar at the top of the Hulu.com page (highlighted in green below). Type in the name of the show or film that you're looking for, and related results will appear.
If you see your show listed, click on the thumbnail to be taken to the show page (e.g. http://www.hulu.com/community ). From there, just click the image for the episode you would like to watch. You can also sort by season, if the episode that you want is from a previous season, by clicking "All Seasons" in the "Episodes" section.
If you end up searching at Hulu.com for a show or movie that we don't have the rights to, we do our best to find it for you anyway. If we end up finding the video on another site, you'll see it listed in the search results – and we mark these offsite videos with a grey “new window” icon, found in the upper left hand corner of the video thumbnail. When you hover over the thumbnail, you’ll see a grey bar that has the name of the site you'll be redirected to. For example, searching for a CBS show like The Big Bang Theory sends you to CBS.com.
While we'd love to, we don't have the rights to stream every show on your device through Hulu Plus. The rights to stream a video to your computer are different from the rights to stream it to your TV, which are also different from the rights to stream it to a mobile device. Content owners are ultimately the ones who decide where the content is shown, and that sometimes means videos might only be available at Hulu.com through a computer browser
For more information on getting started with your gaming console, smart TV, or other supported device, please visit here.
Want a quick way to access new episodes of all of your favorite shows, without having to seek out the individual episode on each show page? Your Queue and Favorites lists are designed to do just that: provide one place where the shows and episodes you want to see are easily accessible. You can view your Queue by hovering your mouse over your name in the upper right corner of the Hulu.com page, which will make a small menu appear.
To add an episode to your Queue, hover your mouse over the thumbnail for the episode. At the bottom of the menu that pops out, you'll see an "Add to Queue" option.
If you're interested in watching an entire season or series in a row, but don't want to add each episode individually, we've got you covered there as well. If you click on the "Episodes" label (seen on the left side of the previous image), you will be taken to a large list of episodes. On the right side of that episode list will be an "Add All to Queue" option. You can add an entire series, or only one specific season - you'll be able to see your selection on the left side of the screen (where the image says "All Seasons").
Several of the shows you follow may be about to start new seasons; the "Add All to Queue" function won't work for those upcoming episodes, as they aren't yet available. A great choice is to add the show to your Favorites, because when a show is in your Favorites, new episodes will automatically be added to your Queue when they premiere on Hulu Plus. To add a show as one of your Favorites, go to the show page and select the "Favorite" option underneath the large picture at the top of the page. The plus symbol will change to a check mark, and you will see the show listed at ( www.hulu.com/favorites ).
You can remove videos or shows from your Queue or Favorites list at any time by clicking the trash can icon next to that particular selection.