Hulu subscribers outside the US have been getting the “Error playing this video. You appear to be using an anonymous proxy tool” error. Some users have even reported Hulu VPN errors.
Why are users getting such Hulu Proxy or VPN errors? Read on and find out their root cause and how to fix such an issue.
Why Am I Getting The Anonymous Proxy or VPN Hulu Error?
Hulu’s streaming services are only available in the USA and Japan. If you try to access Hulu in Europe or any other country, you will get the BYA-403-011 Hulu error code.
But if you are still getting the Anonymous Hulu proxy or VPN error, these might be the root cause.
Using Unsupported Mobile Devices or Third-party Apps
Hulu content can only be accessed through their official app. If you are using a third-party app to watch Hulu content you might get an Anonymous Proxy error. This happens as the third-party app tries to reroute Hulu server content through proxy servers.
You can also get this error if you are trying to access Hulu on a browser via an unsupported mobile device.
Unsupported VPN Servers
If your VPN doesn’t have US servers you won’t be able to access Hulu content while you are connected to it. You will get a Hulu VPN error. Either you have to contact your ISP or go for a compatible VPN service that supports US servers.
Anonymous Web Surfing
There are some web surfing tools available in the market that secures your browsing footprint by anonymizing your web traffic. When the Hulu server gets requests from such tools it might think of it as an anonymous proxy and throw an error to prevent streaming any content.
You can either disable such tools before accessing Hulu or add Hulu as an exception. Then you can restart your browser and check whether you can access Hulu.
Access Hulu From A Block-listed IP
Some ISPs randomly assign users’ IP addresses from a pool of addresses. They reassign IP addresses to different customers and keep rotating for an extended period. Normally such dynamic IP allocation doesn’t have any negative impact.
But in case an IP address gets block-listed, and this IP is being used for streaming Hulu, then the customer might get an anonymous proxy error. In such a case you have to let your ISP know of this issue and ask them to assign a new IP address.
Why Is Hulu Not Working With My VPN?
As Hulu streaming services are only available in Japan and USA, you need a VPN that provides US servers. If you are getting a Hulu error when using a VPN, it is highly likely that you are connected to a non-US server.
To fix the Hulu VPN error –
- Disconnect your VPN and clear your browser cache and cookies.
- Close all running browsers.
- Try reconnecting your VPN with US servers only.
- Log into Hulu and start streaming.
If you are still getting an error, it’s better to switch to a different VPN service.
Why Does Hulu Keep Saying I Use A VPN?
Hulu tracks your IP address to know your geolocation. That’s how it ensures its content is consumed in America. If you are outside America and want to stream Hulu content, you have to bypass their location restriction. Connecting a VPN is the only viable option.
When you use a VPN to stream Hulu (using US servers), it reroutes your requests through US servers to give Hulu the impression that the request is made from within the USA.
However, on receiving such requests over VPN, Hulu servers can identify that the IP address location of the request and the GPS location of the device don’t match. That’s how Hulu identifies that you are using a VPN.
How Do I Bypass Hulu VPN Block?
To bypass Hulu’s geo-restrictions, you need to opt for a VPN that unblocks Hulu. You should go for a VPN that has multiple US servers all over the country and has robust encryption.
The following VPN providers are known to be compatible with Hulu –
You can opt for any one of the above VPN providers and install it on your machine. Choose a US server and connect to it. If you plan to access Hulu from a browser, install the VPN extension on your Chrome and latch on to a US server. After connecting to a US server if you still get a Hulu VPN error, try out some other US server.
VPNs are the only way to access Hulu outside the US. As some VPN providers cause Hulu VPN errors, we would suggest you opt for PureVPN or NordVPN. Go for a free subscription and check whether you can stream Hulu without any hiccups.
Once you are able to access Hulu content you can go for a premium plan later on.