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Old 2012-06-23, 05:54 PM   #16
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You don't need to sign-up for a US Netflix account unless you want to pay in US dollars. That's the only difference to you. Apart from the currency the Canadian & US account will work exactly the same showing you content based on where the service **thinks** you're located.
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Old 2012-06-23, 08:36 PM   #17
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To be clear, I didn't sign up for a US Netflix account. I just registered a Canadian Visa card on Hulu the same way it would be done if I had been signing up for US Netflix.

But what you are saying about Netflix is true only for certain devices like computers, iPads, etc. If I wanted to get US Netflix on my Blu-ray player I'd need to sign up for a US account.
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Old 2012-06-25, 11:31 AM   #18
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My Roku is fooled into thinking it's in the US. Much bigger selection of channels. Hulu and Netflix USA as well. Do some searching. There are easy ways around it. People provide a service that make it easy, that even a guy like me can figure it out!
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Old 2012-06-25, 12:13 PM   #19
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so I tried the method suggested on unblock-us for signing up for a US Netflix account (ie. translating your postal code to a zip) using my Canadian Visa card.
I'd love to be able to use my Canadian Visa for Hulu Plus instead of using gift Visa cards, so I have a question.

If you were able to use your Canadian VISA card as described by this support article, what did you put for your address? Did you use your Canadian address when using your Canadian credit card with the postal code translated to a zip code?

I was thinking that wouldn't work because if you translated your postal code to a ZIP code then it wouldn't match your (Canadian) address and it could fail a verification test that way, and it doesn't let you have a Canadian province in your location. If you put some random US address in there, I'm guessing it would fail the billing address validation they would do with your credit card.
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Old 2012-06-25, 04:52 PM   #20
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I used the address of a post office within the zip code. Hulu seems to verify the zip with VISA and then verify the address against the zip.
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Old 2012-06-25, 06:48 PM   #21
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That totally just worked.

Awesome tip! No more gift card management for me! Thanks!
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Old 2012-06-26, 12:19 PM   #22
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You could also use this and it would make your life much easier:


http://www.buyfrompowerseller.com/hu...utside-the-us/



If I ever decide to give Hulu Plus a shot, I'd be giving this a try. They take all the guess work out for you. Just thought I'd pass this info along.
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Old 2012-06-26, 12:45 PM   #23
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$39 for a $25 Hulu gift card? That's even less appealing than using VISA gift cards.

Honestly, now that I know how to use my actual credit card to pay for Hulu, I don't see why you would do anything else (once you have that knowledge).
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Old 2012-06-26, 01:01 PM   #24
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$39 for a $25 Hulu gift card? That's even less appealing than using VISA gift cards.

Honestly, now that I know how to use my actual credit card to pay for Hulu, I don't see why you would do anything else (once you have that knowledge).
Well, for people who don't have a credit card and aren't able to get one due to bankruptcy or some other financial problem, this a solution to getting access to Hulu Plus. Once you buy the card (which btw covers all the fees--that's why it costs more) the next time you simply just have to buy codes from that site which is cheaper. You can buy a 1 year subscription code for around $100 bucks.

If you don't mind me asking, can you explain exactly what timmy did? I don't understand his post.
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Old 2012-06-26, 01:47 PM   #25
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Sure. I'll try to explain how this works with enough detail so it makes sense to everyone.

Basically the credit card and address validation that Hulu does works like this:

#1. They compare the billing street address to the zip code to ensure that the the address is within the given zip code.

#2. They compare the zip code with the credit card's billing address to ensure that the zip code is the same one used on your CC billing address (i.e. the address your bank knows about).

Check #1 is easy to satisfy if you just lookup an address for a given zip code. The real question is how do you pick a zip code that matches your credit card? Your Canadian credit card doesn't even have a zip code! This is where we can take advantage of a feature in the credit card validation code run by credit card companies.

Have you ever been driving a rental car in the US, and before you return it you go to gas it up. You try and pay at the pump with your Canadian credit card (why not, your CC works everywhere else in the US) but then you encounter a problem. To validate that the credit card you are using is yours they ask not for your PIN number, but your ZIP code that is associated with the billing address of your credit card. Initially I thought that meant I just couldn't use my Canadian credit card in the US for those gas stations that did zip code validation. I later learned that there is actually a way for Canadian customers to satisfy the zip code question.

To prove that the credit card is yours, just take your postal code and strip out all the letters and enter the numbers. You'll only get 3 numbers from your postal code (my three numbers are 706) and you can have any two numbers after those three - and it will satisfy the zip code validation. So, in my case any zip code from 70600 to 70699 will work with the credit card validation algorithm. This "back door" in VISA validation was created specifically for foreigners who find themselves in the US and get prompted for their billing address "zip code", but it works pretty much everywhere since it is the same code on VISAs computers that validates the card on Hulu as it does for the gas station.

But while 70600 will satisfy the VISA validation check (item #2), that zip code won't satisfy item #1 because it is not a valid ZIP code, there are no addresses in that zip code. So, I try Googling 70601. A few more searches on Google and I've located a PO Box that has the zip code 70601 and I use that address as my billing address. Now I can satisfy checks #1 and #2.

#1. The PO Box address is indeed within the given ZIP code (they probably check some USPS web service for this).

#2. The ZIP code matches the billing address on your Canadian credit card (due to the back door which was created to allow Canadians to pay-at-the-pump to fill up their rental).
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Old 2012-06-26, 06:39 PM   #26
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Thank you so much for explaining this in detail.

Now I know what to do.


Thanks man.
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Old 2012-06-26, 06:59 PM   #27
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Sorry, I just remembered another question. (edit wasn't working)

I don't have an actual credit card. I'm looking to get a virtual visa debit card do you think that will work ? do you forsee any problems?
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Old 2012-06-26, 09:29 PM   #28
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On the virtual visa/debit card, I really have no idea - but you can try and report back.
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Old 2012-06-26, 10:01 PM   #29
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How many tries do you get when trying to set hulu plus up?

In other words, does it lock you out if too many attempts are done?

My postal code has 922 in it so I googled 92201 and found a post office with an address close to that. It's in California so it should work.

Is that right?
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Old 2012-06-29, 10:54 PM   #30
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I tried the postal code to zip trick with zip matching us address and couldn't get it to successfully authorize.
The only difference was I used a MasterCard. Don't think that should matter, but it wouldn't work??


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