Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services in the world. Hulu is not only a great place to stream uninterrupted entertainment but it also has one of the best user interfaces.
You may receive error notifications from time to time, such as “Hulu server keys used to start playback expired”.
We explain how to fix playback errors when watching your favorite shows on Hulu.
What causes Hulu’s playback problems?
Hulu is a stable platform. However, Hulu may give you an error message that says “Server key expired on Hulu”. This could be due to several reasons.
Hulu playback problems can be caused by:
- Slow or unstable internet connection
- You’re using an older Hulu browser/ app
- Hulu is constantly updating its systems
How to fix Hulu playback problems
These are the details:
Solution 1: Update the Hulu App
Hulu’s older apps may cause problems with your viewing experience, as they are often the victims of the playback issue.
To update your app
- Visit the Hulu app shop
- Hulu App Search
- Choose the Update option
- Accept updates
The ‘Hulu server key expired’ error message will disappear after the updates. It is an indicator that the app is working properly.
Alternatively, you could update your TV software. If you’re using an older app on your TV software, this could be the problem.
This can be done by pressing the Menu button on the remote and visiting Support > software update, then selecting Update Now.
Solution 2: Restart your device
You must restart your device if you get the “server key expired Hulu” error message after updating the app. These steps will work regardless of the device you have.
- Use your remote to press Home.
- Choose Settings
- Use the remote control to press About
- Click Restart, and wait for 2 minutes
The process for watching Hulu on your tablet/laptop is slightly different. You have two options: either close the browser and open it again, or you can restart your device manually.
Solution 3: Verify your internet connection
Hulu may experience a slow or unstable internet connection that can affect your viewing experience. The easiest way to fix the playback problem is to check whether your internet connection is fast and stable.
You can verify the strength and reliability of your Internet.
- To open a site that analyzes your internet speed, type fast.com” in your browser
- Check the connection cables if the speed is below 1 Mbps
- Fix the loose connections and then restart the router
Once the connection is restored, you can watch your favorite Hulu program. Contact your Internet service provider if the connection is not stable.
Solution 4: Go to Hulu’s social media accounts, specifically Twitter.
Sometimes, Hulu playback fails to start in some cases. The streaming company has performed system maintenance and the server key that was used to playback has expired.
Hulu will notify customers via social media in such cases. These updates can be accessed here
- Type twitter.com/Hulu on your browser
- Visit the section ‘Tweets and replies’
- If the streaming company needs ongoing maintenance, you’ll receive a response or a tweet addressing these details.
You can also view official communications from Hulu on other social media platforms.
You can enjoy a better Hulu viewing experience by making sure that Hulu is always up-to-date and that your internet connection is stable and fast.
You can also watch your favorite shows at a lower resolution to avoid the payback error.