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.
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 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)
Select Wi-Fi and click the Advanced button on the lower right
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: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
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.
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: 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168
- 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.