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Watch ‘The Bachelorette’ Online When Overseas

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013


The Bachelorette is a spin-off series of dating show, The Bachelor. The series made its debut on the ABC channel in January’ 2003 and is hosted by Chris Harrison. Even though The Bachelorette was discontinued in 2005, the show made a successful return to ABC after a gap of three years. As of 2013, the series has seen 9 seasons and almost hundred episodes.

The Bachelorette Plot and Premise

The rules of The Bachelorette are very similar to its parent show, The Bachelor. The series start with a single bachelorette and about 25 romantic interests. In the initial round, the bachelorette goes on a date and eliminates the suitors one-by-one. The last few episodes involve visits to the families as well as dates on exotic locations. Unlike its parent show, one of the final two suitors usually proposes to the bachelorette during the final episode.

The Bachelorette Broadcast Schedule And Availability

The Bachelorette is telecast on Monday nights on the ABC channel. The series episodes can also be viewed online through the official ABC website (abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorette). However, due to content licensing restrictions, the online version of the show is not available outside United States. Even if international visitors try to watch the series online, they just 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”. These restrictions are especially problematic for expats, frequent fliers and US students studying aboard since they are not able to access their favorite shows online.

How ABC Blocks The Bachelorette Online

ABC blocks the online episodes of The Bachelorette since it does not hold the rights to broadcast the show outside mainland US. Like other content providers, ABC has signed content sharing terms with international TV channels and these terms explicitly forbid the channel from broadcasting The Bachelorette outside US. In order to ensure compliance with the content sharing agreements, ABC checks the IP address of people visiting its portal and only allows viewers with a US IP address to access The Bachelorette and other shows.

In order to unlock The Bachelorette from abroad, you must switch to a US IP address and hide your real IP from ABC. This may sound complicated but in reality it can be achieved easily through an IP changing service such as a proxy or a VPN. While proxies are cheaper and more popular, VPNs hold the edge as far as streaming speeds and privacy features are concerned so they are well-suited for the job.

How To Unlock The Bachelorette From Outside Of USA With A VPN

Step 1: Register with a VPN service that offers IP addresses from United States. To unblock The Bachelorette at best speeds, we recommend subscribing to ExpressVPNPrivate Internet Access, VPN4ALL, HideMyAss or VyprVPN since these companies are famous for their reliable VPN service and US VPN plans.

Step 2: Create a new network connection from scratch and input the connection details provided by your vendor. Some VPN providers also offer custom VPN clients for Windows based computers which makes it even easier to configure the service.

Step 3: Save the connection details and reboot the system if you installed a software on your machine. For mobile devices, it is also essential to close and restart the official ABC app so that it can use the VPN connection while connecting to the internet.

Step 4: After the setup is complete, it is time to test the service. Click on the VPN Connection name (or tap on the Connect option on your mobile device) in order to establish a connection with the service. The connection may not be instantaneous as it depends on the internet speed and location so please wait for few minutes before you get connected.

Step 5: Do not forget to switch to a US VPN server if the default server of the service is from a different country. Since VPN is a global business, most providers have spread their servers across the globe. If your VPN vendor has its default server outside US, check the list of available US VPN servers and switch to a server that is located closest to your current location.

Step 6: Visit the official page of The Bachelorette on the ABC website through browser or app. Next, click on different episode names and check whether you are able to watch the videos without facing any location based restrictions. In case you are not able to watch the episodes through your mobile device, check whether you have closed and restarted the ABC app after changing your IP address. You should now be able to watch full episodes of The Bachelorette series from any location in the world.


November 10, 2013
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