How to Connect Hulu to My TV

By Rob Harris

To watch Hulu on your television, you must first connect your computer, typically a laptop, to your TV. Hulu allows you to watch TV shows and movies for free, but a small computer screen is often inconvenient. Connect your laptop to your TV and watch Hulu from the comfort of your couch. Most laptops will connect to newer TVs, but check your connections first to see which option is best. Your laptop must be connected to the Internet by an Ethernet cable or wireless network for Hulu to work.

Things You'll Need

  • Connector video cable: HDMI, DVI, VGA or S-Video
  • RCA audio cable
  • Mac cable converter dongle (if using a Mac)

Step 1

Choose the best connector cable option for your laptop and your TV. The newer VGA connections offer the fastest connection, but HDMI and DVI offer the best HD picture quality. If your computer only has an S-Video connection, make sure your TV also has that connection -- some models no longer include an S-Video connection port.

Step 2

Connect the video cable to your laptop and to your television. If you're using a Mac, plug in a converter dongle if required, such as a mini-DVI to DVI converter.

Step 3

Connect the audio cable. In most cases, this is a simple RCA cable that has a headphone jack on one end to connect to your laptop and red and white connectors on the other end to plug into your TV input.

Step 4

Turn on your laptop and your TV. Use your TV remote to press either "TV/Video" or "Input" until you see the laptop display on your TV.

Step 5

Navigate to the Hulu website (hulu.com) on your laptop. Choose the TV show or movie you want to watch, then press "Play." Watch the show on your TV.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the laptop display doesn't automatically appear on the TV, go to the Windows Control Panel and choose "Display." Make sure it's set to mirror the laptop screen's image on a second monitor. On a Mac, go to "System Preferences," "Displays" and choose "Detect Displays."