West Coast viewers of The Bachelorette can not live-tweet without getting spoiled.
After years of our west-coast friends missing out on the conversation, we were desperate for them join in. They tried Hulu Live, a trial subscription to Sling, we gave them our cable provider login, location guard. Nothing worked.
We weren’t alone.
Then, one of our Twitter friends pointed out that we’d already came up with the solution.
You’d think we’d have realized this seeing as we’d literally written a guide on how to use a VPN to watch The Bachelor in Paradise Canada , but no. Our brains were too tired from investigating Michelle’s men.
Seeing as it wasn’t obvious to us, we’re going to walk you through the steps of becoming a temporary Canadian in Bachelor Nation.
How to stream the East Coast or Pacific Coast Airing of The Bachelorette
1. Download a VPN
We found NordVPN to be the easiest way to access The Bachelorette in EST. It doesn’t have a free trial, but we tested their 30-day money-back promise and the cost of our subscription was returned to us without any questions (we resubscribed).
Express VPN also offers a “risk-free” trial, but it’s the same deal. You’ll need to provide a credit card and remember to cancel within 30-days. (We tested that too, there were no hassles.)
There are 100% free trials out there, but we didn’t have great results with them. Either they were blocked by CityTV, they were really slow, or else we couldn’t find choose server locations in specific time zones. That said, if you have one that works – stick with it (and let us know! We’d love to have a reliable free option to offer people.)
The instructions before are explicitly for NordVPN, but you should be able to use the general info with any VPN provider.
2. Connect to a server in the time-zone you want to watch in.
The CityTV website time shifts to your server location. With NordVPN, you can choose to connect to Vancouver (PST), Montreal (EST), or Toronto (EST) server, so you can watch at either 8 PM EST or PST. (Click here for instructions on how to choose a specific location.)
Once you’re connected, you can check here to make sure it’s showing the correct location.
3. Disable all ad blockers
Aside from your regular ad blockers, some versions of Nord come with a built-in adblocker called CyberSec. You’ll need to disable CyberSec in the settings of the NordVPN app (shout out to The Blachlorettes for helping us troubleshoot this!)
4. Visit the CityTV Website
Once everything is set up, visit City TV.
This is important – The CityTV website will probably still show the schedule from your actual time zone. So, instead of “The Bachelorette” it will show you We don’t know why this happens, but it doesn’t matter. Ignore it.
5. Test! Test! Test!
Don’t wait until the last minute to try everything out. Technology is reliably unreliable.
This is also important – if it doesn’t work for you initially, try a different browser. We had the most success with Chrome (Safari was glitchy).
6. Keep Your Fingers Crossed
Even though this method has worked for us, we were hesitant to recommend it because you never know when something is going to change! We can’t guarantee success—which is why it was important to us that we were recommending a VPN with a good refund policy.
xo Your Nosy Friends