Hulu has implemented a network wide ban on most of the IP addresses used by major VPN services, preventing many users from accessing the service.
Hulu had not made an announcement regarding the blockade, but it is very likely in response to concerns raised by copyright holders related to overseas users accessing the Hulu service via VPNs.
The unfortunate side effect of the blockade means that many U.S. subscribers who use VPNs to protect their privacy online are also finding out that they can no longer watch their favorite shows on Hulu.
At the current time, DNS geo-unblocking services appear to be unaffected, but the reprieve may only be temporary.
VPN firm Private Internet Access was disappointed in seeing Hulu's latest actions. Speaking to TorrentFreak Private Internet Access CEO Andrew Lee says the blockade leaves many of its customers in a tricky position.
"Private Internet Access exists to protect the privacy of netizens everywhere. Many of our customers leave their Private Internet Access accounts enabled 24/7/365. It is unfortunate that Hulu is blocking VPN service IPs," explained Lee.
A workaround already exists, says TorGuard’s CEO Ben Van Pelt, whereby users can sign up to a dedicated VPN IP.
"This ensures that no other user on the network has registered an account under that same IP address," Ben Van Pelt told TorrentFreak.