How to watch the Framing Britney Spears documentary in Australia

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Watch on Hulu (with VPN)

Unless you’ve been digital detoxing this week, chances are you’ve seen lots of chatter about a new Britney Spears documentary. Titled Framing Britney Spears, this New York Times-produced doco dives deep into the pop star’s horrific treatment by the media during the height of her fame, as well as her highly controversial “conservatorship” arrangement, which has given her father control over her life and finances for more than a decade following her 2008 “breakdown”.

For context, Spears’ last public appearance was back in 2018. Since then, she’s been holed up in her California mansion, posting regular updates on social media which have only added fuel to the fire of her fans’ concerns thanks to her bizarre photos and videos, which some have labelled cries for help.

How to watch Framing Britney Spears in Australia

Unfortunately, Framing Britney Spears is not currently available on any Australian streaming service. That said, it is still possible to watch it down under.

Firstly, you’ll need a virtual private network (VPN). Using a VPN like ExpressVPN or NordVPN, you can essentially hide your real location and access websites that would otherwise be geoblocked. Since the Framing Britney Spears documentary is available on Hulu in the US, you can change your location to a US-based server and you’ll be able to access the streaming service as if you were actually in America.

While Hulu used to be free (albeit with ads) back in the day, you’ll now have to fork out for the privilege. Plans start from US$5.99 (around AU$7.73), but if you’re only planning on popping by for the Britney Spears documentary, you can sign up for a month-long free trial. That means you could easily catch the doco, have a little look around at Hulu’s other offerings, then cancel your account without getting charged. Too easy!

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Is using a VPN to access Hulu legal?

While you’re legally paying to use the service (or nabbing a free trial), there is a reason why you can’t access Hulu without a VPN. Each streaming service has certain content that they legally cannot broadcast outside specific countries due to licensing agreements. So, while watching Hulu in Australia via a VPN isn’t illegal, it may violate the service’s terms of use, meaning your account could be cancelled at any point – something to keep in mind.