Monthly Archives: October 2018

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and DirecTV Now from the Philippines with Smart DNS Proxy

Having recently moved from the US back to the Philippines, I still have a few active online video streaming accounts. I have a Netflix subscription paid up for the next six months or so, an Amazon Prime account, and a grandfathered, discounted “Go Big” DirecTV Now account. Although Netflix is already available locally in the Philippines, there’s a big difference in content selection due to regional licensing contracts. In some cases, it’s better like in the case of Better Call Saul whose episodes are made available weekly after their US airing. In most cases, the US content still trumps the local selection. For Amazon Prime Video, it seems I can only access the Amazon original content. I have not yet seen what would have been available at PrimeVideo.com. As for DirecTV Now, it is absolutely blocked outside the US.

At first I thought that I would need a VPN to access these services. That was before I found out about¬†Smart DNS Proxy¬†which allowed access to all three video services. There’s a two week trial available with no credit card required. To set it up, you need to change your DNS server to one of their DNS servers. Using a tool like QuickSetDNS makes it easy to switch the DNS server on Windows PCs. I’ve also set up Smart DNS Proxy on my Fire TV Stick and it worked flawlessly. After the two week trial, I’ve decided to subscribe for 1 year.