The first season of Bachelor in Paradise Canada premiered Sunday, October 10 at 8 PM EST (and again at 8 PM PST)
We tried really hard to get Bachelor in Paradise Canada to live stream to USA. We tweeted some really solid puns at Canadian officials. We even started a petition. We were ignored.
But we really wanted to watch BIP Canada, so we did what we do best—we investigated & found answers.
City TV will be live streaming Bachelor in Paradise Canada from their website; however, unless you live in Canada, you will be geoblocked. (Keep reading to find out how to overcome this!)
We’ve seen rumors that Bachelor in Paradise Canada will eventually be available on HBO Max; however, we’ve been unable to confirm this. (Plus, we wanna watch it now!)
As a result, we’ll be watching it using Nord, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider. A VPN is a tool that allows you to hide your IP address (which is how those “Hot Singles Near You!” ads know your area even in incognito mode) and reset your location.
Currently, it is legal to use a VPN to stream content from Canada.
Many people use a VPN for the similar purpose of accessing Netflix material from other countries, and we thought this was a good explanation of the risks and implications:
Legally, no. People commonly mistake using a VPN with Netflix as a form of piracy, but accessing the provider’s international catalogs is quite different from torrenting copyrighted material. It is not illegal in any way, shape or form, and will not currently result in a criminal or civil lawsuit anywhere in the world.
Technically, it is against the platform’s terms of service and Netflix does retain the right to cut access at any point, but it has not once enforced these rules.”
Unfortunately, although they’re legal, as VPN use becomes more common, more providers have started to block them and it has become harder to access their networks. We’re not experts on VPNs, but we found that Nord works well for us for streaming Canadian television. AKA For the right reasons.
Here’s our step-by-step guide.
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 choose which time zone we wanted to connect to in Canada. 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. 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).
How to Watch Bachelor in Paradise Canada On-demand
If you weren’t able to watch it live, CityTV has made the Bachelor in Paradise Canada available for on-demand viewing. The premiere was made available the Thursday after it aired. We’re not sure how long they’ll be online, so make sure you check it out ASAP! You’ll still need to use the VPN instructions above to access it.
xo Your Nosy Friends
PPS Don’t forget, we have a visual Bachelor in Paradise Canada cast list with names, ages, hometowns, and job titles.
PPPS We made a tweet roundup of our favorite tweets from the premiere!
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