Hulu is one of the leading premium streaming services (along with other competitors like HBO Max, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime etc). Hulu offers you live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials. You can get Hulu from as little as $5.99 a month (supported with ads), or $11.99 for an ad-free tier. There are also four premium add-ons for Hulu, which include HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, which should give you access to the movies and TV shows from those services. Some of the most popular TV shows on Hulu include Freaks and Geeks, Atlanta, The Great and of course Bob’s Burgers. You can watch Hulu directly on your smartphone, smart TV, Apple TV, game console or from your computer. While streaming Hulu is supposed to be smooth, some users have reported about Hulu buffering, repeatedly. Therefore, we will discuss several approaches that should help you to fix this issue.
Approach 1: Improve the internet speed/connection
The most basic thing that can ensure smooth playback when you are streaming Hulu or any other streaming speed is a fast internet connection. If your internet connection speed is on the lower end, then you are bound to face Hulu buffering issues. To improve your connection speed, you can take these several approaches:
1. Consider your data or speed cap
A data cap means you can use a certain amount of data every month, which means if you consume all your data, then your connection speed will get slower, or disconnected entirely. In terms of speed, your ISP could also cap it, which means you could be getting slower speeds. To fix it, consult with your ISP, or consider a better connection plan that can meet your needs.
2. Reposition your router
If you have a fast internet connection but still facing slow speeds, then the reason could be the placement of the WiFi router. If your WiFi signal cannot reach you, or if the signal is weak, then position your router in a favorable place that can guarantee better signals.
3. Try ethernet
WiFi is very convenient, (multiple devices can connect to a single router, and you will not be restricted in-terms of movements or device placement). However, ethernet or wired connections are the undisputed kings of fast internet speeds. Therefore, you could try ethernet for a faster connection.
4. Try a streamlined browser
Multiple tabs and open media can all slow down your connection speeds. Of course, no one wants to close their tabs when they are multi-tasking. This is where a streamlined browser comes into play, as it can streamline all the data on web pages to provide a faster browsing experience. Opera is a good example of a streamlined browser.
5. Restart or reset your router
Restarting your browser ensures that it gets a break, which will ultimately refresh your internet connection speed. Resetting the router also stimulates your connection to your ISP.
Approach 2: Purge cache or data on Hulu
Cache can ensure that the websites you are requesting respond and load faster. Caches are refreshed based on caching policies each website defines. Because things are constantly changing on computer servers, the caching period expires. When the duration expires, new content has to be retrieved from the original server again. Unfortunately, this kind of situation is not favorable for video streaming, although developers are working on ways to improve it. In this case, you can purge the browser cache to prevent Hulu keeps buffering on laptop, or other issues of similar nature. Generally, the time required to purge the cache depends on the CDN. Unfortunately, purging cache is a little complex, but if you carefully follow the instructions provided on Imperva, you can purge the data.
Another approach you can take with cache is to delete it entirely. The good thing is your browser will automatically retrieve the newest cache from the corresponding website when you visit it again. Deleting cache on different browsers vary, but it is generally done when you try to clear the browser data.
Approach 3: Check for the updates
If you are facing Hulu buffering issues on a mobile device (smartphone, or tablet device), it could simply be caused by an outdated app. Updating your apps ensures that bugs are crushed, as well as ensuring smoothness whenever you use the corresponding app. In this case, check that you are running the most recent version of the Hulu app. To check, open the mobile app store.
•For iOS, open the AppStore the go over to search, then account. From there you should see any incoming app updates.
•For Android, open the Google Play Store, then check for the updates on the updates section. You can also download the most recent version of Hulu for Android directly from the Hulu website.
Under normal circumstances, the corresponding mobile App Store should update the application automatically. If you do not see the Hulu app on the incoming updates list, it is most probably up to date. In that case, refer to approach 4 down below.
Approach 4: Reinstall Hulu
If checking for updates did not solve the Hulu not working issue, then the next thing to try is to delete and reinstall the application. In rare occasions, mobile apps (whether for Android or iOS) can become unusable, because of data corruption or bugs. In such a case, deleting and installing the app should fix the problem. The approach to reinstalling apps on Android and iOS differs, therefore check below:
How to reinstall an app on IOS?
Step 1: Delete the app first. Go to your home screen and find the corresponding app. Press the app icon for about a second, then choose “Delete App” from the context menu.
Step 2: Confirm the deletion, until you cannot see the app icon on the home screen.
Step 3: Search for the corresponding application on the App Store, then download it again. When the app finishes downloading, try signing into your account and see if the issue has been resolved.
How to reinstall an app on Android?
Step 1: Open the Google Play Store app. Tap Menu, then find “My apps & games.”
Step 2: Tap on the app or game, then tap Uninstall.
Step 3: Reinstall the app again by clicking the cloud icon.
Approach 5: Perform a power cycle
power cycling your equipment (computers, and network devices) is a fast and easy way to get things working again without the assistance of a repair technician. What that means is it can potentially fix the Hulu buffering issue, as the ‘repair’ is performed on all the devices involved (the computer trying to perform the stream, and the network device being used by the computer). Therefore, refer to the steps below:
Step 1: Completely shut down your computer. Do this from your computer’s start menu. It is necessary to ensure that you completely shut down the computer, and not hibernate or put it into sleep.
Step 2: Unplug the computer from all sources of power, and unplug your network devices from power.
Step 3: Leave all the equipment unplugged for about a minute. This will ensure that all residual power remaining drains from the equipment.
Step 4: Connect the devices to power, and turn them on again.
The approaches above should be able to fix the issue for you. If not, then try downloading the videos for offline playback. Refer to approach six below.
Approach 6: Download the videos from Hulu and watch them offline
Whether you are watching Bob’s Burgers, a goofy comedy with a lot of heart, the trajectory of Earn in Atlanta, or the equally fun and melancholic parts in The Great on Hulu, the most important thing is smooth playback. If the approaches above do not solve the Hulu not working problem, the last approach which should eventually fix the problem is downloading the videos for offline playback. The good thing is Hulu offers the option for downloading, for anyone who wishes to watch offline.
To download a movie or episode on Hulu:
Step 1: Connect to a Wi-Fi network, or enable cellular downloading.
Step 2: Go to Search from the global navigation bar.
Step 3: Tap Downloadable from the menu.
Step 4: Swipe through the various collections to browse.
Step 5: Select the movie or show you’d like to download.
* For movies, press the Download button from the Details page.
* For TV shows, select the Episodes tab to find downloadable episodes. If an episode is available for offline viewing, tap the Download icon next to it.
Step 6: Go to Downloads from the global navigation bar to monitor downloads in progress.
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