watch The Bachelor season 26 live online

What better way to kick off the year than with a new series of The Bachelor? Season 26 of The Bachelor will premiere January 3 at 20:00 EST (17:00 PM PST) and will likely run for 12 episodes. Read on to find out how to live stream The Bachelor season 26 online, even if you’re abroad (outside of the US).

You should note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. The Bachelor is a wildly popular show, which means that unauthorized streams are almost inevitable. That said, we advise against using them: to begin with, the video quality tends to be very poor, and further, unlicensed streams can be quickly taken offline for copyright violation. With plenty of ways to watch The Bachelor legitimately, there’s no need for shady, third-party streams.

This show will only be available on region-locked streaming services. This means that if you’re abroad, outside of the US, you’ll need a VPN to connect to your usual home streaming services.

How to watch The Bachelor live online from abroad

Generally, streaming platforms find out which country you’re in by checking your IP address. By connecting to a VPN, though, you can switch your IP address to one that originates in another country. This means that you can, for instance, use an American VPN server to access US-based streaming services abroad. It’s simpler than it sounds; just follow the steps below.

Here’s how to watch The Bachelor online from anywhere:

  1. First, sign up for a reputable VPN provider. We recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two excellent alternatives.
  2. Now, download and install the VPN app. Note that there are usually a few different versions so make sure to get the appropriate app for your device,
  3. Log in and connect to one of your VPN’s American servers. The city you choose doesn’t really matter, but for the fastest speeds, we recommend using servers in whichever city is closest to you.
  4. Visit the ABC website and log in. You should now be able to watch The Bachelor from outside of the US, without any problems. If you can’t, try clearing your cookies and refreshing the page.

The Bachelor will air live each week. For this reason, we recommend taking a few minutes ahead of time to ensure that your VPN works as expected. This way, if you have any trouble, you’ll have plenty of time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team.

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How to watch The Bachelor live on US TV

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The Bachelor season 26 will air exclusively on ABC. This means that, if your cable package already includes this channel, you can just log in and watch every episode live, completely free of charge. Looking to stream The Bachelor without cable? In that case, you have two options.

The first is simply to wait an extra few hours. New episodes are added to ABC’s on-demand library the day after they air, and these can be watched without having to sign in. There’s no rush either since they won’t leave the service until around a month later.

Alternatively, you could sign up for an over-the-top service like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV. Although each of these comes with a free trial, they aren’t long enough to watch the whole series, and as such, you’ll have to pay eventually. Given the high price (ranging from $35–65 USD per month), most people would be better off just watching on-demand.

All of the services above are geo-blocked. This means that you’ll have to either be in the US or connected to an American VPN server to use them. NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee meaning you can try it risk-free.

Where else can I stream The Bachelor online?

Many countries now have their own regional spinoffs, so the US version of The Bachelor won’t see a wide international release. However, it will air in Canada. Take a look below to find out how you can watch:

Canada

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Citytv usually shows new episodes every week but at the time of writiing, this network hasn’t confirmed whether it’ll air season 26 or not. As ever, we’ll let you know as soon as any more details are made available.

This means if you plan on watching The Bachelor live online, you’re in luck since you won’t even have to create an account. The downside is that you’ll need a Canadian TV subscription to watch anything on-demand, which makes missing an episode particularly devastating if you don’t have cable.

Citytv is only available in Canada. As such, if you’re abroad, you’ll have to use a Canadian VPN server to stream The Bachelor online.

What do we know about this season of The Bachelor?

Season 26 of The Bachelor will bring back a familiar face: Clayton Echard, who was a contestant on the 2018 series of The Bachelorette. Additionally, the show’s host, Chris Harrison, will be replaced by the fifth Bachelor, Jesse Palmer.

You know how things work at this point: Clayton will spend time with 30 or so women, either one-on-one or in group dates, with the initial group being whittled down until only one is left. We’ve certainly got a varied roster this season, and you can find a little about all of the contestants below:

  • Cassidy Timbrooks, 26, an executive recruiter from Florida
  • Claire Heilig, 28, a spray tanner from Virginia
  • Daria Rose, aged 24, a law student from Connecticut
  • Eliza Isichei, 25, a marketing manager from Germany
  • Elizabeth Corrigan, 32, a real estate advisor from Colorado
  • Ency Abedin, 28, a sales manager from California
  • Gabby Windey, 30, an ICU nurse from Colorado
  • Genevieve Parisi, 26, a bartender from California
  • Hailey Malees, 26, a pediatric nurse from Florida
  • Hunter Haag, 28, an HR specialist from North Carolina
  • Ivana Noble, 31, a Bar Mitzvah dancer from New York
  • Jane Paik, 33, a social media director from California
  • Jill Chin, 26, an architectural historian from Rhode Island
  • Kate Gallivan, 32, a real estate agent from California
  • Kira Mengistu, 32, a physician from Pennsylvania
  • Lindsay Dobbs, 27, a neonatal nurse from Florida
  • Lyndsey Windham, 28, a sales representative from Texas
  • Mara Agrait, 32, an entrepreneur from New Jersey
  • Marlena Wesh, 30, a former Olympian from Florida
  • Melina Nasab, 27, a personal trainer from California
  • Rachel Recchia, 25, a flight instructor from Florida
  • Rianna Hockaday, 26, a nurse from Texas
  • Salley Carson, 26, a surgery robot operator from Virginia
  • Samantha Jeffries, 26, an occupational therapist from California
  • Sarah Hamrick, 23, a wealth management advisor from New York
  • Serene Russell, 26, an elementary school teacher from Oklahoma
  • Shanae Ankney, aged 29, a recruiter from Ohio
  • Sierra jackson, 26, a yoga instructor from Texas
  • Susie Evans, age 28, a wedding videographer from Virginia
  • Teddi Wright, 24, a surgical unit nurse from California
  • Tessa Tookes, 26, an HR specialist from New York