Getting started with a Hulu subscription
Getting started with a Hulu subscription
Getting started with a new service can be a bit tricky. With a Hulu subscription, all you need is an account, a supported device and an internet connection to start watching your favorite shows!



Below are a few common questions and answers that will help you get the most out of your Hulu new subscription:



What do I need to get started?

1. An Account: To start watching Hulu, you’ll first need an account - visit the official signup page.


If this is your first time signing up for a Hulu subscription, you'll be offered a free trial to test out the service. Your trial subscription will automatically roll over into a paid subscription after the trial – if you don't want to keep the subscription, be sure to cancel before the eighth day. If you've had a Hulu subscription or trial in the past, you won't be eligible for the free trial, but the signup process is the same. Just select "Start my subscription" after you see the message alerting you that you will be charged.


2. A Device: Next, you'll need some sort of internet-enabled device, such as a supported internet-connected TV, smart phone, or gaming system. You can see all of the devices that we support here. If you already have one of these devices, you can learn more about getting started here.


If you’d like to watch Hulu from your computer, just visit and log in at the top-right corner of the page. Then, you can browse for a show or movie and start watching.


3. An Internet Connection: Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your internet connection meets our system requirements.  We recommend a download speed of 1.5 mbps for Standard Definition videos and of 3.0 mbps for High Definition videos.



What am I getting with my Hulu subscription?

1. More Videos: With a Hulu subscription, 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 subscribers can watch over 300 episodes from 15 different seasons. There are also plenty of TV shows that are only available to Hulu subscribers. You can find a list of all the shows and movies available through a Hulu subscription here.


With a subscription, you will have the option to add the SHOWTIME® Premium Add-on. You can enjoy instant access to award-winning original programming such Homeland, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and Episodes as well as exclusive Hollywood blockbusters. Watch SHOWTIME through Hulu on many devices as well as LIVE TV on your web browser. SHOWTIME is available for an additional $8.99 per month with a Hulu subscription. Learn more and sign up by visiting


2. More Devices: A subscription to Hulu also allows you to watch your favorite 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: With a Hulu subscription, you can watch certain programs in HD High Definition 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 subscription on as many devices as you please, but you can only stream to one of them at a time.



How can I start watching my favorite shows?

One of the quickest ways to find the show you are looking for is to use the search bar at the top of the page (highlighted in green below) or through the search feature on the Hulu app. 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's main page. From there, just click the image for the episode that you would like to watch. If the episode that you want is from a previous season, you can sort through available seasons by clicking "All Seasons" in the "Episodes" section.


If you end up searching on 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 where you'll be redirected. For example, searching for a CBS show, like The Big Bang Theory, sends you to


While we'd love to, we don't have the rights to stream every show on your device through Hulu. 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 through a computer browser

For more information on getting started with your gaming console, smart TV or other supported device, please visit here.



What are my Queue and Favorites?

Both your Queue and Favorites are quick ways to access new episodes of all of your favorite shows without having to seek out individual episodes. Your Queue and Favorites provide a place where the shows and episodes that you want to see are easily accessible. You can view your Queue by hovering your mouse over your name at the upper-right corner of the 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. There will be an episode list on the right side of that page that will show 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 that you follow may be about to start airing new seasons; the "Add All to Queue" function won't work for those upcoming episodes, as they aren't yet available. A great option is to add the show to your Favorites, because the new episodes will then automatically be added to your Queue when they premiere on Hulu. To add a show as one of your Favorites, go to the show's main 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 ( ).


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. 

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