How to Watch Free TV and Movies on Hulu

By Aaron Parson

Hulu streams movies and TV shows, many for free, but some only with a paid Hulu Plus subscription. You don't need an account to start watching free videos. Just make sure your computer meets the site's [minimum requirements]( -- most notably an Internet speed of at least 1.5 Mbps -- and search or browse for programs that don't require Hulu Plus.

Browse and Watch Videos

Step 1

Select a category at the top of [Hulu's home page]( to start browsing. Some categories -- **TV**, **Movies** and **More** -- display subcategories when you mouse over them. Click one, such as **Genres**, to begin.

Step 2

Select a genre or group of videos to narrow down the list.

Step 3

Click on a show or movie that does not bear an "h+" icon in its upper-left corner. Videos with this icon require a Hulu Plus subscription.

Step 4

Mouse over the gear icon to view settings, such as caption settings, or video quality settings, to lower if you experience video lags. The nearby dual-arrow icon switches the video to full-screen.

Search for Specific Videos

Step 1

Type in the search box at the top of any Hulu page to search for specific TV shows, movies or actors.

Step 2

Check the **Free** box at the top of the search results page to narrow the results to free videos.

Step 3

Click **Advanced Video Search** for a more detailed search. Fill out any or all of the fields in the Advanced Video Search to help find videos when a normal search doesn't turn up what you're looking for.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most computers already have everything they need to run Hulu. The site works in the current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Hulu videos require Adobe Flash Player, which most computers have installed. If you need to install it, download it for free from Adobe (link in Resources). Hulu also requires you to have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your Web browser. Browsers have these features turned on by default, so you won't need to change any settings unless you turned them off previously.
  • Free full TV shows and movies are only available on your computer. Hulu's mobile and Internet-connected TV apps require Hulu Plus.
  • If your computer or Internet connection doesn't meet Hulu's requirements, your videos might lag.
  • Hulu doesn't have rights to stream every TV show and movie, so if you still can't find what you want, Hulu might not offer it.
  • Most videos on Hulu have ad breaks. Even if you subscribe to Hulu Plus, you can't skip these ads. According to Hulu, these ads are necessary to afford its content licenses, especially for currently-airing TV shows, without charging higher rates.