Spell Saab

UPDATE FROM UNLOCATOR AS OF JUNE 13, 2016:

Hi all. An update on the proxy issue has been long overdue. We have been working hard behind the scenes and we have held back mostly because we have nothing conclusive to add at the moment.

What we do know is that the blocks have been become more aggressive and the frequency between the blocks is picking up. Even the updated infrastructure we built for the beta is being blocked.

We are working on some new approaches that we want to test. This will take time and we can make no guarantees about these new approaches. We know that you would all like an ETA but we simply can’t give you one at the moment. Too many unknowns are involved and we would only disappoint you by making promises we can’t keep. This is frustrating to all parties we know.

So now what? We will continue to work behind the scenes and hope that the new approaches will not only work but also have a longer shelf life. The old whack-a-mole approach is not sustainable with only days between blocks.

Unlocator still works with 216+ services and you will still be able to find incredible content with other streaming services. You can select bypass/disable in the region changer to get your local version and get rid of the proxy errors while still using Unlocator for everything else. In that case you need to remove any IP blocks you have made on your router to get your local version to work.

We want to thank you all for your continued support and we want you all to know that we do share your frustration.

The beta regions are non functional at the moment. Unfortunately we have no ETA.

Alright, I was gonna act as if I didn’t miss 3 posts as part of my New Year’s Resolution to post here once a day but I have to admit I feel really crappy about that. So here’s a post that I hope will make it up to you.

Last month, Jim’s ate Mia suggested that we get their parents an Apple TV and a Netflix subscription for Christmas. They love watching TV shows and movies and it was no doubt the perfect gift. She taught me how to set it up and because I really wanted it for our home, Jim and I impulsively bought an Apple TV as well. It was our Christmas gift to each other. Little did we know that we didn’t need an Apple TV since our television set is a smart TV. This means we can download apps on it directly. Bummer, but at least we can still use the Apple TV to rent movies.

Now just a few days ago, we found out that Netflix is now available locally. Once again we were bummed out about going through the trouble of it all. However, we learned that a LOT of U.S. content is still unavailable here so it was worth it after all. Netflix Philippines only has 174 TV shows and 507 movies available while Netflix U.S. has 1157 TV shows and 4593 movies according to this website.

Get it? Netflix and Philippines? Hehehehuhuhu

Get it? Netflix and Philippines? Hehehehuhuhu

This is perfect if you don’t want to go through the trouble of having to illegally download torrents. It’s really silly that we have to “hack” this in order to pay for good content.

If you’ve already signed up for your Netflix account here in the Philippines, don’t worry about it. You will just need to sign up for an Unlocator account and you’ll be able to see all the content available outside of the Philippines. Otherwise, I’ve made a step-by-step guide for you guys!

So here’s what you need if you simply want Netflix on your phone or your laptop:

  • A credit card
  • An Unlocator account
  • A Netflix account

UNLOCATOR

Unlocator tricks Netflix and other U.S.-only apps into thinking you are residing in the United States. You can do a 7-day trial for this without using a credit card and I suggest you do it before actually buying the service. Just so you can see how good it is for yourself!

$49.99 gives you access for a whole year and this is what I signed up for. That comes out to about Php197/month.

On a MAC, you’ll need to open System Preferences and select Network (for non-MAC users, click here for other set up guide)

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Select Wi-Fi and click the Advanced button on the lower right

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Select DNS on the tabs above

Delete all DNS numbers by selecting them and clicking the minus sign on the lower left.

Add these numbers by clicking the plus sign: 185.37.37.37 and 185.37.39.39

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Click OK and then click Apply

Restart your computer

You can now use streaming services that are limited to the U.S. WOOHOO! No more “this content is not available in your country” messages!

You will need to regularly update your IP address so I downloaded the Unlocator Updater app (it’s free) on my phone so I can refresh it with one click. I do this daily.

NETFLIX

Simply sign up for an account on Netflix.com. Normally, Netflix only accepts PayPal accounts and Credit Cards that are based in the U.S. but you can just use your normal Credit Card and input a U.S. zip code (try Beverly Hills 90210 hehe).

I signed up for the $11.99/month (Php568/month) plan that lets me watch in HD and I can watch on 4 screens at a time. Technically you can get 3 other friends who want a Netflix account to split the bill with you but they will need their own Unlocator account. You may also opt for the $9.99/month (Php473/month) plan, which lets you watch in HD but on only 2 screens at a time.

Since Netflix is now available in the Philippines, you can probably use your normal Credit Card and our zip code but I didn’t get to try this so do so at your own risk!

Watching Netflix on Your Phone

Since a lot of you guys are probably iPhone users, this set up guide is for you guys. If you are an Android user, click here for the setup guide.

  • Open Settings
  • Select Wi-Fi
  • Press the blue letter i located on the right of the router you are connected to
  • Edit the DNS to: 185.37.37.37, 195.37.39.38
  • Press Wi-Fi on the top left to go back
  • Restart your iPhone

Watching Netflix on Your Apple TV

  • Open up the Apple TV and go to the Settings > General > Network
  • Select Wi-Fi
  • Select Configure DNS and select Manual
  • Enter following number and click Done: 185.037.037.037
  • On the Network screen please verify that the DNS numbers you have just entered are present.
  • To make sure the US Apps are present on your Apple TV please go to the Settings > General > iTunes Store > Location
  • Select United States
  • Go to settings and select Sleep now
  • Unplug the Apple TV power cord
  • Wait ten seconds
  • Plug the cable back in on your Apple TV

Next, you need to check if you can download Netflix using your Philippine iTunes account. If you are able to download Netflix, you can probably disregard this last part. But I had to create a US account when Netflix wasn’t available here yet. In order to access the US store, you will need a US-based credit card. But I found out how you can make one without iTunes asking you for a credit card. You can do this on the Apple TV but doing it on your phone or desktop is much easier because the Apple TV remote control doesn’t have a keypad. You have to do these steps EXACTLY in this order:

  • On your phone or desktop, go to the App Store. Make sure you are logged out of any account.
  • Select any app
  • Try to download it by clicking GET
  • There will be a pop-up window asking you to sign in or create a new account. Opt to create a new Apple ID
  • Follow the onscreen instructions. When you’re asked for payment information, choose None
  • Note that the NONE option usually doesn’t show up if you create a new Apple ID before selecting any app and clicking GET
  • Verify your new apple ID by clicking the link sent to the e-mail you used
  • Now you have an Apple ID! Sign in to your Apple TV using this account and download Netflix

Now that you’ve got the Netflix app, you just have to sign in and start watching!

Again, MAKE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE A SMART TV BEFORE YOU BUY AN APPLE TV. Hahaha. It’ll save you money. Another way to watch Netflix on your non-smart TV is by purchasing Chromecast which is way cheaper than an Apple TV. It’s only around Php2,500 and I don’t know any store that carries it but I found a bunch over on OLX.ph. You can go to this set-up guide for Chromecast. It’s a little more complicated than just changing the DNS for this one but my friend uses her Chromecast successfully so I guess you can make it work, too!

For an Unlocator and the highest Netflix plan, Jim and I have to pay about Php760/month. If you split your Netflix bill with 3 other people (because all 4 of you can watch using one account), you’ll each only have to pay about Php340/month if you are in different locations (because you’ll all need individual Unlocator accounts). I have 4 different profiles on my Netflix account so we don’t really mess up each other’s content.

Let me know if you have any questions :) I love being an IT specialist. LELZ.

♥,
Saab

Saab

48 Comments

  1. Reply

    Raei

    January 13, 2016

    Wow it’s cool seeing this geeky IT side of you, Saab! I think I’ll settle for iflix for now. :D

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      Saab

      January 13, 2016

      iFlix has Will & Grace!! Netflix doesn’t huhu

  2. Reply

    Vance

    January 14, 2016

    Hi Saab, you can also try smartflix. Currently free. Its an app for both windows and mac.

  3. Reply

    Ninya

    January 14, 2016

    Meron sa Globe stores Chromecast =)

  4. Reply

    Grems

    January 14, 2016

    This is so cool!!! I’ve been binge watching Jane the Virgin and Jessica Jones for a week, haha. I’ll try this!!! Thanks Saabae!! :D

  5. Reply

    Jess

    January 14, 2016

    Sana may “2015: TV Shows I watched” ka rin! more tv club please!! I’ve watched Narcos, happy endings and you’re the worst because of you and nagustuhan ko sila hahahaha Try mo orphan black and Jessica Jones!

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 15, 2016

      LOVE Orphan Black. Full disclosure: Jim and I hated the first episode of Jessica Jones, didn’t even finish it and we haven’t tried since. Maybe we weren’t in the mood for it? I feel like it might get better otherwise why would people like it so much? So maybe we’ll try again. Hehe.

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        Jess

        January 15, 2016

        Actually mejo magulo pa nga siya nung una pero maganda siya I swear!! Super galing ni David Tennant as villain! PS: feeling ko talaga same tayo ng taste sa maraming bagay kaya pati si Jim gusto ko rin maging asawa HAHAHAHAHA

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          Saab

          January 15, 2016

          Hahahahaha!!!!!

  6. Reply

    Moreyel

    January 14, 2016

    Hi! :) I also wanna share an unblock-er I know. It is called Hola Unblocker. It is a browser extension. It unblocks not just Netflix but also Hulu, Pandora, and other US sites. :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 15, 2016

      Thanks!:) Unlocator does the same for all US based steaming sites as well :)

  7. Reply

    em

    January 15, 2016

    Saab have you seen the Mindy Project?

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 16, 2016

      love it

  8. Reply

    John

    January 15, 2016

    Sadly, Netflix is terminating how users view their contents via VPNs.
    http://www.wired.com/2016/01/netflix-will-block-vpns-for-now-but-its-real-goal-is-global-tv/

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      Saab

      January 16, 2016

      Omg :(

  9. Reply

    Jamie

    January 16, 2016

    I use hola and it’s free! :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 16, 2016

      But just on your laptop right?:)

  10. Reply

    mhel

    January 21, 2016

    i tried unlocator on my ps4. it’s not working anymore.
    is yours still working??

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 21, 2016

      Yes, did you download the unlocator updater app on your phone? It refreshes you IP address :) everytime it doesnt seem to work, just click update ip on the app!

  11. Reply

    Tinker

    March 3, 2016

    Tried Unlocator to access US content of Netflix but didn’t work. Apparently, Netflix recognizes that i’m using a proxy and blocked the connection. You should really update your content.

    • Reply

      Saab

      March 4, 2016

      There’s a fix for that, says so in the website. Still works for me and 3 other people I helped set it up for!:)

  12. Reply

    katrina

    March 4, 2016

    Hi Saab!

    I tried setting up my appleTV according to your instructions but I keep getting a “Netflix is currently unavailable. Try again later.” error. Same goes with the other sites like Showtime, HBO GO and Hulu. Please help as I am running out of shows to watch in Netflix PH. Hahaha.
    Thank you so much!

    • Reply

      Saab

      March 15, 2016

      Did you sign up for an Unlocator account? Did you follow the setup guides?:) What are you using to watch? Smart TV? Laptop? PS4? Apple TV? Tablet? Hope I can help!

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    ladoligosa

    March 5, 2016

    Hi, Saab. Which website has the fix for the proxy error?

  14. Reply

    Francia

    March 14, 2016

    Hi! I’m new to this website and I was wondering if this will work on my Smart TV? I already subscribed to Netflix PH and I was disappointed that almost all the shows that I want to watch are not included.

    • Reply

      Saab

      March 15, 2016

      Yes it will work with your Smart TV! There are setup guides on Unlocator’s website :)

      • Reply

        Francia

        April 9, 2016

        Hi! I already signed up for a new membership but I’m receiving an error saying that it has detected a proxy. How will I fix this?

        • Reply

          Saab

          June 1, 2016

          You can go to the homepage, it usually has fixes. If you’re having problems you can contact support.

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    Richard

    April 5, 2016

    Hi there… Netflix US only works when I use my Sky Broadband ISP… Whenever I use PLDT DSL, it doesn’t work… I have used Unlocator, Smartdnsproxy and Unotelly… Is there some explanation why this is happening?

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      Saab

      April 7, 2016

      Wait, so you have both Sky and PLDT in one house?

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        Richard

        April 11, 2016

        Yes… I do have both PLDT DSL (15Mbps) and Sky Broadband (50Mbps). We have multiple users and we need the bandwidth…

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          Saab

          June 1, 2016

          Sorry, you’ll probably have to contact support cos I don’t know how to help you :(

  16. Reply

    amanda

    April 15, 2016

    hi how do i fix the proxy error?

    • Reply

      Saab

      April 21, 2016

      Follow the steps when you log in Unlocator.com — there’s a new beta DNS

  17. Reply

    Prima

    April 16, 2016

    Hi can u pls screenshot the steps on how to get rid of the proxy

    • Reply

      Saab

      April 21, 2016

      I feel like I shouldn’t be doing all the work here hehe I figured it out through Unlocator’s setup guides! Make sure to use the new beta DNS!

  18. Reply

    Rob

    April 17, 2016

    Except, Netflix now detects people trying to access via a DNS or proxy and will give the , “whoops” message. UnLocator is no exception. While I’m able to watch Daredevil right now, it will not allow me to watch some other content. I have to use a different DNS.

    • Reply

      Saab

      April 21, 2016

      Strangely, it works for me!! Sometimes it’ll say “we have detected you’re using a proxy” but I just click it again and it plays fine.

  19. Reply

    Shanon

    April 25, 2016

    There are still some VPN services working fine with Netflix in Philippines. I’m using Hide My IP, with its “DNS Protection” I can stream US contents without any hassles. In my opinion, VPN is quite a necessary thing nowadays, not only it secures one’s privacy, but also allows users to access sites/channels restricted in their country.

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    Lot

    May 15, 2016

    Hello! I was able to change the DNS in my samsung smart tv and in Netflix, I can see all the movies and shows! But when I try to load the show, Ex. Grey’s Anatomy, the loading is stuck at 25% =(. Not a broadband issue because I was able to watch on YouTube. When I check Unlocator Web, I don’t have a check on the DNS part. Though I can see that I was able to use the DNS server in my tv. :( Help. :(

    • Reply

      Saab

      June 1, 2016

      Hi Lot, maybe you can contact Unlocator support because I don’t know how to help you :(

  21. Reply

    GJ

    June 23, 2016

    is it still working fine for you Ms. Saab? i heard netflix’s been busy blocking proxies and dns so now it’s hard to tell which of the paid proxies still work like a charm…

    • Reply

      Saab

      June 27, 2016

      Unfortunately it’s stopped working for me :( They say there’s a fix but only if you can configure your router to block certain IPs. Since mine cannot, I’ll make an edit to this blog post to update that I’ve stopped using it.

  22. Reply

    Anjela

    January 1, 2017

    Hi Saab! I’m
    Currently in the us and enjoying my new Apple TV but yes I’m worried how I can enjoy it back in the Philippines. Would you recommend me that I sign up for the I locator while I am here in the US? Please help me. I really want to watch showtime and hbo go.

    • Reply

      Saab

      January 2, 2017

      Hi Anjela! After posting this, Netflix really cracked down on VPNs so I’ve just resigned to watching shows that are available locally. And they’re not half bad! As far as I know, all shows are available on HBO Go regardless of where you are! You can access it on your mobile devices if you have a Sky Cable subscription or if you don’t, you can use HBO Now for Apple TV :) Not sure about Showtime, I’ve never registered to watch their shows! But I’m guessing you can use a VPN on your laptop (Hola is free and easy to use as a Google Chrome extension) and if you really want to watch it on your TV, you can use an HDMI cable? Good luck!

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    Rex

    January 7, 2017

    Hi saab, how much do you pay on Unlocator? coz the only available plana are 1 month, 6 months and 1 year.

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      Saab

      January 11, 2017

      I paid for a whole year but if you scroll down my post you’ll see I don’t use it anymore cos Netflix went crazy and is shutting down VPNs especially for those who use it for Apple TV.

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