Hulu, the largest public movie and TV streaming service in the United States, began blocking VPN users the last week of April. The sudden blockade wasn’t announced publicly by Hulu.
The blockade isn’t absolute. Hulu is currently checking only for specific internet addresses and not the actual presence of a VPN; if you’re on a dedicated VPN address or use a smaller provider, there’s a possibility that you’ll get around the new limitation. However, that still leaves you in a bind if you’re an American relying on a VPN to protect your privacy.
If you want to keep watching, you’ll likely have to shell out for that dedicated address or else expose your internet traffic every time you catch up on Parks & Recreation. VPN companies like Private Internet Access are talking to Hulu about a solution, but we wouldn’t count on one. Shared VPNs by their nature make it hard to identify where someone lives, so Hulu may have to give up some legitimate US customers if it wants to restrict outsiders.