How To Fix Hulu Playback Failure

Video streaming is pretty much everywhere these days. From Showtime to YouTube. And, from Amazon Video to Netflix, and, of course, Hulu. In this article, we tell you how to fix Hulu playback failure on Samsung Smart TV and other devices.

What Causes Hulu Playback Failure

Hulu’s Playback Failure issue is, in most cases, due to an outage of Hulu’s servers. Hence, there is nothing that the end user (you and I) can do.

When the error occurs, you are unable to stream or play any videos. In the header, you see “Playback Failure” Hulu.

The server key used to start playback has expired. Please try restarting the application.

The complete message on Hulu reads as above.

How Do I Know If Hulu Is Down

To find out if Hulu is down which leads to playback issues, you can use a website like DownDetector to find out. Click here to go to the Hulu status page.

Is There A Way To Troubleshoot Playback Failure?

Unfortunately, when there is a playback failure on Hulu, there’s not much that users can do. For example, signing out and signing in again does not help.

Some users try to uninstall the Hulu app and install it again. However, this does not work. Some try to use public DNS servers. But, this too fails to fix the issue.


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