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How to Watch the Bachelor Online Outside of the US

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013


The Bachelor is a reality dating show that made its debut in 2002. The series was developed by Mike Fleiss for ABC TV Network and is hosted by Chris Harrison. The show has proven to be extremely popular with the American audience and has inspired several international versions, spinoffs, parodies and even video games. The show is noted for its dramatic twists and has been renewed for 18th season which will be broadcasted in January, 2014.

The Bachelor Plot and Storyline

The show’s plot centers around a single bachelor and about 25 romantic interests. At the onset, the bachelor goes on a group date and eliminates the girls one-by-one at the end of the subsequent episodes. As the end of the show draws near, the show involves visits to families of the last 4 contestants, overnight dates, dates at exotic locations with final 3 women and even interaction with bachelor’s family for the final 2 contestants. In the past seasons, many bachelors have proposed to the final contestant in the last episode.

The Bachelor Availability Online

The Bachelor is telecast on ABC TV Network. The current season’s as well as the past season’s episodes are available for online viewing through the ABC Player. However, since the ABC site is not available outside US, expats and travelers cannot watch the show online when they are out of United States. When someone tries to watch The Bachelor’s episodes online from a different country, he/she will merely see the message – “You appear to be outside the United States or its territories. Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories”.

How ABC Blocks Access To The Bachelor And How To Circumvent Such Restrictions

ABC blocks access to The Bachelor by scanning the IP-addresses of its visitors. As you might be aware, your IP address is akin to your virtual address and can immediately tell your location (and other vital information) to the websites that you visit. Content providers like ABC use the location information provided by IP addresses and simply block the international IP range to prevent people from accessing shows like The Bachelor.

Since having a US IP address is crucial for watching streaming shows on ABC, you need to get a US IP address through an IP changing service before you visit the ABC website. An IP changing service such as proxy or Virtual private Network can instantly provide a US based IP address to their subscribers and they are extremely user friendly as well. For accessing streaming shows like The Bachelor online, it is recommended that you use a VPN since most VPNs deliver very high speeds and top grade privacy that it crucial for accessing ABC shows online.

How To Watch The Bachelor From Outside USA With VPN

Step 1: Choose a VPN plan from a company having servers within United States. To unblock The Bachelor, you can choose the unlimited VPN plans from BolehVPNVyprVPNSwitchVPN, or HideMyAss. These VPN suppliers are well known for their USA based VPN solutions and are positioned to deliver superior connection speeds as well as privacy that is vital for accessing streaming services like ABC Player.

Step 2: Grab the VPN application from the VPN service provider’s website and install it as per the instructions provided or alternatively set up the VPN service by editing your network configuration. With regards to mobile devices such as tablets and Smartphones, there is normally no installation required but you must configure the VPN service by customizing a few network parameters.

Step 3: When the software installation or change in network settings is complete, save and then apply the changes. You might even have to restart your laptop or computer for network setting changes to become effective. As far as Smartphones and tablets are concerned, you have to apply the new settings and close and start the ABC Player application to make use of the most recent network configuration.

Step 4: Start the VPN client by clicking on the Virtual private network icon or tapping on the Connect button.

Step 5: Pick a US based server in case you are currently not connected to one. Just about all the VPN service providers have their servers in more than one country so you would need to select a server from America manually to be able to unblock ABC Player service. In case the service provider has numerous VPN servers in United States, look for a server which is physically closest to your present address so that you can get a lot faster streaming and buffering speeds.

Step 6: Connect to the ABC website and click on The Bachelor episode names and check whether you are able to watch them without any issues. To watch the episodes through mobile devices, close the ABC Player app and start it again to unblock all the features and videos. You can now enjoy The Bachelor from almost any place in the world.


September 7, 2013
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