How to Link Hulu to a TV

By Ashley Poland

There are two ways to watch Hulu on your television: either by using the Hulu Plus applications on a supported device or Internet-enabled television, or by physically connecting your computer to your television and running Hulu on your computer. Hulu can be accessed free in your browser or using the Hulu Desktop application, but you will need an account with Hulu and a subscription to their paid service to use Hulu Plus. Your device will need to be connected to the Internet to stream video.

Things You'll Need

  • Monitor cable

Hulu Applications

Step 1

Choose the device on which you want to access Hulu. Certain Internet-enabled televisions from Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG and Panasonic can access Hulu directly, as can the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles. The Roku streaming player and TiVo Premiere can also access Hulu. These applications are free to download. Download and install the application as directed by your device; specific guides are available from Hulu.com/plus/devices.

Step 2

Sign in to your Hulu account to confirm your usage and to access your Hulu queue.

Step 3

Browse for televisions and movies using your remote or your controller, depending on which device you're using. Your queue, as saved on the Hulu website, will also be available. Videos will fill the screen once selected.

Hardware

Step 1

Connect your television to your computer using an appropriate cable. If you're using an HD television, it's likely that your television will have a VGA port – the standard definition cable for connecting monitors. If you're using a VGA cable, you'll also need to use an audio cable to connect your computer to your television, or use your computer's speakers. Some computers have HDMI ports; HDMI transmits both audio and video. Standard definition televisions will require a cable that is either RCA or S-Video compatible, depending on your television.

Step 2

Open Hulu using either your browser or the Hulu Desktop application. Hulu Desktop is designed especially for use with multimedia remotes, but it is compatible with a keyboard and mouse.

Step 3

Start your video. If your computer is set to turn off the display when idle or go into sleep mode before your video will end, make sure to disable these settings to avoid an abrupt interruption in your viewing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hulu's free service only delivers content in standard definition; Hulu Plus videos are available in high definition up to 720p.
  • Due to licensing issues, not all content is available through applications.