How to Watch Hulu on Your TV

Use your TV to watch Hulu for the whole family to enjoy

What to Know

  • You can watch Hulu on your TV using an app or browser, a casting device, a smart HDTV, or even hooking up a computer to the TV.
  • Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire Stick all work with Hulu.
  • Gaming consoles like Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch can also show Hulu on your TV.

This article explains how to use Hulu on a television set from a smart TV, with a casting device, a gaming console, and a laptop computer. This information applies to televisions from various manufacturers, including, but not limited to, those made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, and Vizio.

Watch Hulu With a Casting Device

A casting device or set-top box might include any device you can plug into the HDMI port on your HDTV, like a Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV. These hardware devices either let you "throw" or cast videos on your TV, or they include a built-in app that you can browse through directly from your TV screen.

For instance, both the mobile app and the desktop version of Hulu let you tap or click the Chromecast button to instantly put the video you're watching directly onto your HDTV.

If you're using a Roku, Apple TV or Firestick, you can add the Hulu channel to your device to watch Hulu videos on your high-def TV.

Watch Hulu From a Gaming Console

Hulu has apps for a variety of current and previous generation gaming consoles. You can watch Hulu with Live TV or Hulu On-Demand on Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Xbox One, while you can use Nintendo's Switch and Wii U as well as Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to watch Hulu On-Demand.

Download the Hulu app from the respective game/app stores on any of these consoles, then sign in with your Hulu account to start watching.

Watch Hulu From a Smart HDTV

Some televisions have applications built right into the TV's hard drive. If your TV already has Hulu, you can log in to your account to watch movies and shows in no time. If not, you can usually download a small, free app to make it work.

Smart TVs might come with a browser for surfing the web, but if you want videos from Hulu (or YouTube, Netflix, etc.), it's best to use the dedicated app, so you don't run into errors. They normally have a special remote that lets you access a hub of some sort to get to the apps section.

You might have to connect your Hulu account to your smart TV with an activation code:

  1. Log in to Hulu from the HDTV application.

  2. Write down the activation code that's shown on the screen.

  3. From a computer, visit Hulu's Activate Your Device page and log in if asked.

  4. Enter the activation code shown on your TV and then click Activate.

  5. The HDTV should automatically log in to your Hulu account within 30 seconds.

Connect a Laptop to Your HDTV

Don't have a smart TV? The fourth option you have for watching Hulu videos on your TV is the old fashioned way: to plug a desktop or laptop computer directly into a video input port on the TV.

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Most new HDTVs include HDMI ports, which means you have to have an HDMI cable and an HDMI output port on your laptop or desktop. However, almost all TVs have a VGA port for using the TV as a monitor for your laptop. This setup lets you watch anything on your TV, including Hulu.

However, the technical side of this method is a bit different for different folks. For example, if your laptop only has a DVI or VGA port and your HDTV only accepts HDMI cables, you have to buy a DVI or VGA converter that can utilize the HDMI port on the TV.

If you're not using an HDMI cable (which includes both video and audio), you need an adapter that will plug into your speaker port and split it into the audio component cable. A 3.5mm to RCA cable will do the trick.

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