UPDATE JAN 10th 2016: Netflix is now available in Malaysia! Read my new post: Netflix Malaysia – Should You Subscribe?
I get this question quite often – “How do you watch Netflix in Malaysia?” whenever I mention Netflix. Some of you might have heard of Netflix and know what it is, but some of you might not. Netflix is an online video streaming website available in US and some other countries but sadly not in Malaysia. In this post, I’ll explain Netflix, the benefits of using Netflix and how you can access Netflix in Malaysia.
Netflix is a popular online video streaming website available in US and some other countries but sadly not in Malaysia. In this post, I’ll explain Netflix, the benefits of using Netflix and how you can access Netflix in Malaysia.
I have heard of Netflix for a long time, but they don’t allow access outside of Malaysia so trying to access Netflix in Malaysia will only give you the following error:
WHAT IS NETFLIX?
Basically, Netflix allows you to stream movies and TV shows with UNLIMITED views starting at $7.99 (RM30+) a month. Yes, that’s it. That’s all you need to pay to watch thousands of movies available online to be streamed instantly without having to download onto your HDD.
You can choose thousands of movies from various categories – Action, Musical, Horror, Comedy, Foreign, Kids etc. and not forgetting TV shows from Sitcoms, Drama, Stand-up Comedy etc.
Netflix removes and adds movies every month so you’ll always get new movies added.
US customers can choose to have the DVD rental plan but, of course, that’s not available outside of US. But here’s the thing, you’re not just limited to US selection only. You can also view other ‘regions’ where they have a different selection of movies and shows. Keep reading and I’ll tell you how.
Forget Astro. Seriously. Why pay so much money every month to Astro only to watch repeated shows and movies? You can’t choose to watch what movies or TV shows you want at anytime you like.
I’ve terminated my Astro account more than a year ago and I’m glad I got Netflix instead. Now, not only I can watch unlimited movies and TV shows, but I’ve also discovered many awesome movies I’ve never even heard of through their recommendation system. Oh yeah, uncut/uncensored too.
But as I’ve mentioned earlier, unfortunately, Netflix is not available in some countries. Fortunately, there are alternatives to how you can get Netflix to work in your country.
HOW TO ACCESS & WATCH NETFLIX IN MALAYSIA
There are two types of options you can choose from – DNS or VPN.
DNS – It’s not a full VPN. It will be activated when you are accessing a blocked website and mask your real IP. But for other unblocked websites, you will still use your connection normally with your current IP. So consider it best of both worlds. You would also be using your own connection speed and there’s no throttling.
VPN – A total encryption. All of your internet traffics will go through a special network that will change your IP and present your connection as if you’re at a different location. Depending on the service, it can throttle your connection speed and such, but better when you need total encryption, especially when you’re using public WiFi.
There are several DNS/VPN that I’ve tried and currently, I’m using ExpressVPN. I switched over to this and never turned back. I highly recommend this for watching Netflix.
Previously, I used and recommended Unblock-US which is just a DNS proxy. It worked most of the time but it was quite slow for certain region, especially US Netflix, and quite often I’d get the ‘proxy detected’ for certain regions like US and UK.
ExpressVPN is a blazing fast VPN and very easy to setup and use. They have 30-day money-back guarantee so you could try it first and if you don’t like it, they’ll refund you within 30 days. All you have to do is to just register, install their software on your computer or app on your phone then choose a location to connect.
Once you’ve registered and verified that everything has been setup correctly, then you can try to load Netflix’s website. Now, you need to register for Netflix’s one month trial.
WARNING: I used to recommend free DNS proxy but those aren’t reliable anymore and most likely has been blocked from viewing Netflix due to their no-proxy policy, therefore, I strongly DO NOT recommend using free DNS proxy.
This is the most complicated part because some people have success with it, some people failed. The main problem is that sometimes they don’t accept non-US credit card. You can try to register with your credit card but make sure the zip is a US zip code. You can use any zip code you want.
Since Netflix has gone global, you can use local debit card/credit card. I have no problem switching my payments to my local debit card and still access different regions via ExpressVPN.
If your card managed to go through with the registration, voila! You’re all done! You can start enjoying movies now!
By using VPN such as ExpressVPN or Hotspot Shield, not only you can access Netflix but you can also access other restricted websites & services like HULU, Amazon Prime, BBC, CBS, Pandora and more. VPN is also very useful if you’re traveling abroad, but you still want to access blocked websites.
WATCHING NETFLIX USING NETFLIX APPS
Apart from viewing Netflix on your computer, you can also watch Netflix on your mobile phone using their app. Since I have a Samsung Note 2 phone running on Android, here’s how the app looks:
You can watch Netflix anywhere provided that you have the working VPN (check below for my recommended VPN).
NOTE (UPDATED JUNE 2018): DNS Proxy doesn’t work with Netflix on mobile phones and 3G/4G connection. You need a VPN and their app to be able to use it. Netflix works great on 4G connection on my Samsung S7 Edge using ExpressVPN.
- TV Set
If you have a TV that supports Netflix, you can also download the Netflix app and use UnblockUS with your router to watch it! I have a 2011 Samsung TV and after a little bit of modifying, I managed to access the US version of the store and download the Netflix app. Here’s how the Netflix app looks on my Samsung TV:
My TV is an older version so the app’s interface may vary with different model. There also other options with other devices such as Apple TV, ChromeCast, Roku etc.
Update June 2018: Because Netflix blocks proxy now, it’s very tricky to get Netflix other than your own region to work on different devices such as Smart TV without tweaking and owning a VPN-ready router. It is still possible with ExpressVPN but since I haven’t tried it, I can’t comment on it yet.
- Windows 8/10
If you are using Windows 8 on your computer, you can download the Netflix app but you have to make sure to change your location to US first (I think can be set in region setting) so the app will show up. Sometimes I prefer using the app instead of web browser unless I need to browse and keep switching windows while letting the movie play in the background. With the app, you can’t do that. If you minimize the app it’ll stop the movie.
Here’s what my list looks like in the Netflix app for Windows 8.1. ‘My List‘ is the instant queue list, where you save movie titles or shows that you want to watch later. Kind of like a bookmark. It used to be available only in your home region (the region you’re registered to) but now they’ve made it available in all regions. Finally! I’ve been wishing for that feature for ages!
RECOMMENDED DNS/VPN FOR WATCHING NETFLIX OUTSIDE OF USA
Update: Now that Netflix is available in Malaysia, should you still use VPN? Yes! Read my updated post explaining why.
UPDATED POST ON VPN FOR NETFLIX MALAYSIA: Netflix Malaysia – Should You Subscribe?
Here are my top 3 recommended DNS/VPN that I’ve personally used to watch Netflix and other geo-restricted sites. They’re based on my personal opinion, and you might find other more suited for you.
I’ll link to some other popular VPN services but I haven’t tried them yet so I can’t comment on them. I’ll write a more detailed post soon. Because Netflix blocks proxies now, I won’t recommend other services anymore that I haven’t personally tried.
1. EXPRESS VPN (Paid) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. No hassle, no risk.
- Blazing FAST Speed. Huge network of 2,000+ global VPN servers optimized for fast connections. Unlimited bandwidth, no throttling.
- Total Privacy. They don’t keep any logs so you can be sure your connection is secure and private.
- Easy to use. Just download, install and connect to ExpressVPN with the push of a button. No complicated tweaking or setting up.
- Switch Netflix region easily. Just choose to connect to one of their 2,000+ global VPN servers and you’re good to go.
- Save 35%. When you subscribe to the 12-month package.
- Use it anywhere! You can use their VPN on your mobile devices or while you’re away – in your car, college campus, hotspot wifi, hotel wifi etc. Works great on 4G connection!
Cons – Slightly expensive monthly cost. While the popular servers would mostly work with Netflix such as US, UK etc., some unpopular server sometime would not work with Netflix (proxy error) and they don’t have extra server location to switch so you’re stuck until they fix it.
2. HOTSPOT SHIELD (Paid)
- Easy to setup, you just install the software and voila! You can start browsing.
- App available. You can also install the app on your phone, which works great over wifi or 3G connection.
- Easy country selection. You can choose USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, China, India and Germany. This works GREAT if you want to access Google Play Store from those countries. Plus, it’s full VPN, not just masking your DNS.
Cons – Free version contains annoying ads, speed throttle and doesn’t work with Netflix, Hulu etc. unless you subscribe to Elite. I’ve experienced a few problems viewing Netflix. Abused IP – you might find your access to some forums is banned due to spammers using the same hotspot shield IP. But I haven’t tried their service in a while, so this might have changed. Will update this post once I’ve tried it again.
UPDATE June 2018: I haven’t used Hotspot Shield for a long time so I can’t comment whether it still works with Netflix or not.
3. UNBLOCKUS (Free Trial/Paid)
- Free 7 day trial. Nothing to install, no cancelation needed, nothing to register. Instant access.
- Easy to setup. No software to install. Just add their DNS to your connection setting and you’re done.
Tips: Set their DNS in your router setting instead of your computer, so you can use their DNS with your WiFi on your computer, TV, phone, tablet etc (provided they’re connected through the same WiFi)
- Retain your speed. You actually only use their DNS, to sort of ‘mask’ your location, that’s all. The best thing about that is it won’t throttle your speed! You will use your connection as normal.
- Switch Netflix region easily. It’s easy to pick a region from a dropdown list on their website to change region.
- It’s affordable. Only $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year (2 months free!)
- Use it anywhere! You can use their VPN on your mobile devices or while you’re away – in your car, college campus, hotspot wifi, hotel wifi etc.
Cons – I couldn’t get their VPN (not DNS proxy) to work on my mobile phone under 4G connection. They don’t have their own app unlike ExpressVPN (a 3rd party app instead). Setting up using the 3rd party app is tricky and can be confusing for some.
They’re NOT a full VPN. It’s more like masking your IP which means you’re still browsing normally with your current IP but when you access a blocked website/services (like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora etc.) they’ll re-route your connection and ‘fool’ the websites. Something like that. It still works for most of the regions, but sometimes you could still get the ‘proxy’ error.
Unlike a VPN, you can’t choose a different server for a specific location. If your server has been blocked, you have no other option to switch to a different server.
Have you tried anything else? Let me know in the comment.
RECOMMENDED READ: Netflix Malaysia – Should You Subscribe?
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