There’s just no doubt that Netflix is the most well-known and most used on-demand media streaming done over the internet there is. Unfortunately, the famous service is not available in the Philippines. Although we have local on-demand service providers like Blink and PLDT Fibr TVolution, many are still hoping Netflix would soon be available in the country.
Luckily, there’s a way to access Netflix even if you’re in the Philippines. All you need is a nifty software called a Virtual Private Network or VPN. There’s also an option for using a Domain Name System or a DNS, but this guide will talk about VPN.
Heading to the Netflix website right away if you’re outside the US or anywhere where the service is available, you’ll be re-directed to a page where it will tell you that Netflix isn’t available on where you currently are, just like the screenshot below.
This is where you’ll need a VPN. There are a lot of VPN providers out there, like HideMyAss and SpotFlux but i use HotSpot Shield. I have the free version of HotSpot Shield which I use for watching TV shows from different channels in the US like LogoTV. But as it turns out, watching stuff from Netflix would require a paid subscription with HotSpot Shield, which I will talk about on a latter part of this tutorial.
After firing up HotSpot shield, you’ll see a green-lit shield on my Finder bar (on the task bar for Windows users), which indicates that i’m already connected to the VPN network. This is pretty much the same with different VPN providers, just a different icon or logo. Refresh the Netflix website, and you’ll be directed to a webpage where in you can sign in, or sign up. To date, Netflix is running a promotion of a free 1 month subscription for new users, which i took advantage of.
Of course, Netflix will require you to enter payment information, which is pretty much normal. Users have two choices: a Credit/Debit Card or a PayPal account. Do note that Netflix only accepts US-based PayPal accounts, so I went on with the Credit/Debit card option. Normally, Netflix will only accept US-based Credit/Debit cards, but all you need to do is use a US Zipcode together with your Credit/Debit card details when you’re asked to. I used a New York Zipcode, 10009.
I got an e-mail from Netflix that I have successfully registered a new account with them, just a couple of seconds after submitting my information. My browser then re-directed me to a different page. This is where I was prompted by my VPN service provider asked me for a paid subscription.
I paid a small amount of just $4.99 (or around Php 225) using my Credit Card for a month worth of paid HotSpot Shield Elite VPN subscription.
After my purchase, I refreshed the Netflix home page and all the content available to stream are there including DVD titles (they come with an additional charge per title), even if I am in the Philippines.
I even tried watching the finale episode of the first season of my favorite TV show, The Carrie Diaries and well, it works.
And just a heads up, if you just want to try Netflix because of the free one month subscription they are offering for new users, just don’t forget to cancel your account within 30 days, to avoid unnecessary charges. Simply hover over your Account name, click Your Account and choose Cancel Membership.
So that’s pretty much it about accessing Netflix in the Philippines. If you have other tips to share in accessing Netflix like the VPN you used or other whatnots, let us know by hitting the comment section below.