How to Get Hulu Plus on a Vizio TV

By Shea Laverty

Vizio smart TVs have an app for Hulu Plus subscribers, requiring little more than an Internet connection. Non-smart TVs can use other devices as a go-between.

Vizio smart TVs feature a Hulu Plus app, requiring little more than a Hulu Plus account and a broadband Internet connection. For Vizio TVs that don't feature apps or smart TV functions, connect an intermediary device like a game console, set-top box or your computer to your Vizio TV.

Hulu Plus App

Connecting to Internet Using Ethernet

Step 1

Connect one end of an Ethernet cable into one of your router's available ports, and then connect the other end to the Ethernet port on the back of your TV.

Tip

If your connection is already working, this is the only step you need to take. The other steps in this section are for testing your connection with your TV.

Step 2

Turn on your TV, press the V or Via button on your remote, and then select HDTV Settings from the app bar.

Step 3

Select Network, and then Test Connection. If the test is successful, the screen displays your current download speed.

Connecting to Internet Using Wireless

Warning

Wireless connections work with your Vizio TV only if you don't have an Ethernet cable connected. If one is connected but you prefer using wireless, disconnect the Ethernet cable first, and then proceed with these steps.

Step 1

Write down your wireless network security code, so you can enter it during setup.

Step 2

Turn on your TV, press the V or Via button on your remote, and then select HDTV Settings from the app bar.

Step 3

Select Network and wait for the TV to scan for available wireless networks.

Step 4

Select your wireless network from the list and press OK or Enter on your remote.

Step 5

Enter your security key when prompted using the on-screen keyboard and the OK or Enter button on your remote. Once the security key is verified, your TV should connect.

Tip

  • Network security keys are case-sensitive, so make sure you enter the security key exactly as you copied it, including all capitalization.
  • The last step, listed below, is only to test your wireless connection using your TV.

Step 6

Select Test Connection. If the test is successful, the screen displays your current download speed.

Downloading and Installing the App

Step 1

Press the V or Via button on your remote control.

Step 2

Select the app store from the app bar.

Step 3

Look for Hulu Plus in the list of apps and select it.

Step 4

Select Install App to begin installing the app.

Step 5

Start up the Hulu Plus app and enter your account information to log in and begin streaming.

Many Vizio TVs feature Via, a smart TV app system similar to those found on smartphones and other devices. Hulu offers a Hulu Plus app for Via, which is connected to your Hulu Plus account. Using the app doesn't require any additional fees, although you do need to connect your TV to the Internet before use.

Via apps don't feature the ability to create a new account. If you're starting up a Hulu Plus subscription for the first time, do so on the Hulu website and use your account information to log in to the app on your TV.

Game Console or Set-Top Box

If your Vizio TV doesn't feature Via apps, connect another device that supports a Hulu Plus app to your TV instead. Game consoles and set-top streaming boxes are typically some of your best choices, especially if you already own one. Each device handles Hulu Plus slightly differently, so check Hulu's instructions for each to get up and running quickly.

Computer Connection

Your computer can also stand in for any other device, as long as your TV and computer both support HDMI. In this case, you use Hulu Plus as you would on your computer, but output the screen to your TV instead.

Step 1

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your computer's HDMI-Out port.

Step 2

Connect the other end to one of your TV's HDMI-In ports.

Step 3

Turn on your TV and switch it to the input channel for your computer's connection.

Step 4

Open a Web browser and go to the Hulu Plus website and sign into your account.