Hulu is already incredibly easy to use, but did you know that you can customize it a little here and there and use Hulu to personally fit your wants and needs?
Neither did I! But these following 14 steps will help you get Hulu to cater to you in just the way you want it to.
1. The Magic Cube
How many of you have spent more time looking for something to watch than actually watching it? Me too. And I have to admit, it's so frustrating that I sometimes give up and just turn my TV off.
The Hulu Magic Cube will help you pick as if you're rolling the dice. Just choose a genre or two and it will give you the perfect recommendations.
2. Advanced Search
We recommend that you use operators (the little symbols that allow using a combination of words when doing a search, filter out unwanted words, check out the content, the seasons, and the episodes of a show.
It is also suggested that you use quotes around a phrase to get the exact wording of something you are looking for.
3. Presetting Favorites In Your Queue
Be sure to mark your go-to's as a Favorite. Then, go to the Queue (your name at the top of the desktop). You can check mark a box to get your favorites updated to alert you when something is soon to expire.
The Queue can be found on any and all Hulu apps as well. You can constantly clean up this list after your old Favorite shows are cancelled.
4. Be Sure To Update Your Flash
Hulu has been using Flash since the beginning on its Web browsers, and it still absolutely does. So make sure your Flash is updated to the latest version.
Hulu looks like they might eventually make a switch to an HTML-5 front-end developer, much like Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo, but until then Flash is where it's at.
5. How To Get Around Using Flash
While Flash is only needed for the desktop and Web version of Hulu, it isn't needed while on mobile.
You can get around using Flash by faking that your browser is on a mobile device. To do this, change the "user agent" in your browser. Chrome and Firefox have add-ons to make this feasible. Safari, on the other hand, actually has the tools already built in.
6. Use Ubuntu to Watch Hulu
To help protect its content, Hulu uses a special Flash DRM (digital rights management) while on desktop. This special Flash DRM needs a library called HAL to run, but when using Ubuntu this HAL isn't included. If you care to get HAL installed, click here.
7. Virtual Private Network
Hulu is a United States-based company, so if you're traveling out of the country, then you're shit out of luck. Unless, that is, you use a virtual private network (VPN) connection, that will make it appear as if you're still in the country.
8. Use The Hulu App As A Remote
Using the mobile app for a video streaming service as a remote control on your smartphone to connect to your smart TV or game console is very common. Open up Hulu on your smartphone while using your smart TV or game console and click on the cast icon in the upper right. Pick the device you want to control to pair the two. Your mobile device will let you play or pause, skip, and find other shows or movies to watch and put on the big screen.
Another cool tip: you can use your Apple Watch as a Hulu remote.
9. Always ALWAYS Do HD
Especially when using the apps, it isn't always possible to choose high-definition. However, if you are watching on your desktop with a browser, be sure to click on the gear icon on the video.
There is a Quality setting in which you can choose HD. There is also an auto setting in which it will automatically pick the best setting based on your Internet connection.
10. Make Your Subtitles Easier to Read
Not only can you turn your subtitles on and off — you can also change the color, font, size, opacity, shadows, transparency, and more.
The only unfortunate thing is this is really only available if you are streaming from your desktop.
11. Parental Locks
Using Kid Lock on Hulu is used to lock out content that is for adults. It restricts the device to only show material that is appropriate for ages 17 and under.
12. The Plenti Card
The Plenti card is a rewards card that is offered at Rite Aid, Mobil, Macy's, AT&T, and many more places. You can earn points for money spent, which leads to eventually receiving free stuff.
Plenti and Hulu have a deal, meaning that if you have a card, register the number in your Hulu settings to earn those free points. You can get points for the first device you register, if you refer a friend, and if you buy a $100 Hulu gift card, and for many more.
13. Put Your Subscription On Hold
If you are going to be out of town, for example, and you need to put your subscription on hold for a week, two weeks, or even twelve weeks, you can! You will only be able to watch the free shows during this period, but you won't be billed during this break.
14. You're Paying Too Much On Apple TV
If you signed up for Hulu through iTunes or Apple TV — like me — then you are apparently paying more than others. Apple charges an extra fee, meaning you are paying $13.99 instead of $11.99, and you are unable to get Showtime Add-ons.
You can get out of this by canceling your Hulu account and going on the Web to create another, which will work just fine with your Apple TV.
Time to grab the popcorn, turn yourself into a human burrito (ingredients: blanket and your body), and get your Hulu on all night long.