How to Watch the Bachelor Online
Updated: March 3, 2016
They say there are only seven plots to any story in the world. If you are interested, those are ‘overcoming the monster’, ‘rags to riches’, ‘the Quest’, ‘voyage and return’, ‘comedy’, ‘tragedy’, and ‘rebirth’. Supposedly every story ever written follows at least one of these basic plot lines.
That may or may not be true. But I am greedy, and I want more from my entertainment than just one simple plotline. And that’s why for me the Bachelor is such a great show. In fact, I would go so far as to say some series can be said to include all seven of those plotlines.
If you haven’t yet seen the Bachelor, ABCs finest show, I know you have heard about it online or in the news. There are plenty of shows which bring together groups of strangers competing for a single prize, but none have quick so successfully captured the public imagination. It is unique, totally unpredictable, brings together some unbelievable characters, and take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.
I for one cannot get enough of it, which is why I am writing this guide. Because I often have to travel, and this means missing episodes. At least I thought it did, until I discovered the wonders of a VPN, and how they can let me watch the Bachelor online from anywhere in the world. Read on, and I will explain how it works.
Why is the Bachelor not Available online outside the USA?
Firstly, you might be asking why I can’t just watch the Bachelor online from wherever I am in the world. Well, the Bachelor is broadcast by ABC, and whilst their programs are available live online through their ABC Go service, this service is only available within the USA. If you try to log on from elsewhere you will find the service blocked.
This is because ABC only holds the rights to broadcast their shows within the USA. If they make them available elsewhere online, they would be breaking various rights agreements. They therefore use a technology known as geo-blocking to stop users outside the USA from logging on.
How is ABC Blocking Access to the Bachelor?
Geo-blocking works by analyzing a user’s IP Address. This is a set of data every internet user sends to every site they visit. It includes various things, but crucially has details about here in the world you are logging on from.
If the ABC site sees from your IP Address that you are not in the USA, it will automatically block you from streaming content.
Using a VPN, this is pretty easy to circumvent though. A VPN lets you connect to the internet via an external server, and the IP Address of this server is what the sites you visit see. This means that if the server is in the USA, ABC thinks you are to, and so you can watch the Bachelor.
It's as easy as that, but if you read below, I will explain one step at a time how to make this work.
How to Use a VPN to Watch the Bachelor Online
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
First off, you will need to sign up for a VPN. I am using ExpressVPN for this explanation, and you can visit their site by clicking any one of the links on this page.
Once there you will need to choose one of their subscription packages. After choosing, you will be redirected to their payments page, where you can make a payment using a variety of internationally recognized payment methods.
Once you have completed the payment process, you will have to click on a link in an email to activate your account.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
After your account has been verified, you will then need to download and install the VPN software. To do this, all you need to do is choose the correct operating system for your device from the list on the menu below.
Click on the link and follow the simple step-by-step onscreen instruction to complete the download. Don’t worry, it will only take a few moments.
Wait a few moments for the installation to finish, and you are good to go.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
All that is left for you to do is choose which server you want to connect to. Any server in the USA will work if you want to watch the Bachelor on ABC. As a rule of thumb, picking the one closest to your location is likely to achieve the fastest possible connection speeds.
Click on your choice and wait a few moments for the connection to be established. Below is an example of me connecting to my ExpressVPN dedicated Android app:
And there you have it. Complete and uninterrupted access to the Bachelor from wherever in the world you are located. Now you can enjoy every second of the drama and the excitement, as the world’s most exciting and emotionally charged TV shows reaches it inevitably gripping climax.
Do leave any comments you may have about this guide in the box below. And if despite all this you are not keen on ExpressVPN, there are of course other VPNs on the market. Below you will see my pick of the top 5 VPNs to help you deal with the conundrum, how to watch the Bachelor online, from anywhere in the world.