How to Install Hulu on Your Apple TV for Free

By , Jan 13, 2012

Yesterday we showed you how to get Hulu on your Apple TV. It worked well, but the method used had some costs involved.

Today, we’ll show you how to get Hulu on your Apple TV completely free of charge. That’s right, for zip, nada, zilch.

Granted, if you want to access all of Hulu’s content, and not just their free offerings it will still require a Hulu+ subscription, but the installation is no longer hindered by costs. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Jailbreak Your Apple TV using our Seas0nPass jailbreak tutorial.

Step 2: Setup your Apple TV for network access, and document your Apple TV’s IP address. Settings > General > Network.

Step 3: SSH into your Apple TV using the following command in a terminal window: ssh root@ipaddressofyourappletv

Remember you must change the ipaddressofyourappletv to the real ip address that you identified in step 2.

If it asks you about storing RSA keys type yes and press return.

Enter your password: “alpine” without quotes and lowercase.

Step 4: Once you have SSH’d into your Apple TV, enter the following commands one by one. See the video for more details:

  • apt-get install wget
  • wget -O- http://apt.awkwardtv.org/awkwardtv.pub | apt-key add -
  • echo “deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org/ stable main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
  • echo “deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
  • apt-get update
  • apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

  • reboot

Step 5: Verify that your Apple TV reboots, and that the XBMC option is now available on the menu selection screen.

Step 6: Download the repository.bluecop.xbmc-plugins.zip file and store it in your Downloads folder. Do not extract the file, keep it zipped.

Step 7: At a terminal navigate to your downloads folder by typing cd Downloads and type the following: scp repository.bluecop.xbmc-plugins.zip root@ipaddressofyourappletv:/private/var/mobile/repository.bluecop.xbmc-plugins.zip

Remember you must change the ipaddressofyourappletv to the real ip address that you identified in step 2.

Step 8: Start XBMC and go to System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip file > Home folder > select the repository.bluecop.xbmc-plugins.zip file that we transmited to the Apple TV in step 7. You should see a message in the bottom right-hand corner that says “bluecop Add-on Repository Add-on enabled”. Now, exit XBMC and restart XBMC.

Step 9: At your XBMC main menu go to Videos > Add-ons > Get More… > Hulu > Install.

Step 10: Go back to the Add-ons > Get More > Hulu and select Configure. Here you can enter your Hulu+ username and password as well as setup resolution and steaming options.

Step 11: Go back to Add-ons > Hulu and start watching!

Note: We highly recommend that you watch the video to get a good idea of what this all involves. The steps may seem like a lot, but you can honestly do this in 10-15 minutes tops. It’s extremely easy, and well worth it. Not only do you get Hulu, but you get Amazon, ESPN, and a boatload of other content.

Special thanks to BlueCopter for creating this repository plugin for XBMC, and for pointing us in that direction in the comments of our original Hulu tutorial.

What do you think? Are you going to give it a shot?

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