Category: Cord Cutting

Settle In and Get Ready for Season 15 of ‘The Bachelorette’: Stream Live Online

Dating game shows have a way to pull us in, wondering who will end up with whom, whether or not this contestant will win or maybe it’s that other one. It’s a whole lot of crazy that we can call our guilty pleasure and be done with it. So, if you also want to have fun watching The Bachelorette live online this time around, we’re here to help you out.

The season that will premiere on May 13 on ABC will be the fifteenth and it will feature Hannah Brown in the main role. Hannah was one of the early favorites of the 23rd season of The Bachelor, but she was dumped after meeting Colton Underwood’s family. Everything is for the best, apparently, because the 24-year-old former Miss Alabama USA will get the chance at love on her own terms.

The show will air on ABC on Mondays. The time the show will air is still unclear, but the previous series filled the 8 PM ET timeslot. Let’s go ahead and learn all there is to know about watching The Bachelorette.

Can You Watch The Bachelorette for Free on ABC’s Website?

Well, yes and no. You can watch The Bachelorette on ABC live, but you can’t do it for free. More specifically, you need to set up an account and associate credentials you have from a cable provider or a live TV platform. This means that you’re certainly paying to watch ABC. We suggest going for a live TV platform, however, because those are better at handling high volumes of traffic.

What Live TV Services Can You Subscribe to watch The Bachelorette?

Nowadays, we already use the Internet for pretty much anything, whether we’re talking about chatting with our friends, having fun on YouTube, gaming, watching our favorite shows, and more, so why not also watch TV online? Cable has become extremely expensive and it’s impossible to make those plans your own. Plus, that contract they make you sign doesn’t allow you to cancel early without paying an arm and a leg for it. On the other hand, live TV platforms are far cheaper, they can be customized, and you can cancel whenever you feel like it because there’s nothing keeping you from that. Plus, you can watch your favorite shows no matter where you are when they start airing because you only need a smartphone (or another compatible device) and an Internet connection. Let’s see what options you have moving forward.

Hulu – Topping our list, we have Hulu, which is a great service that offers loads of channels for only $44.99 per month. The list of channels they offer is pretty extensive and it does include ABC, so you’re good to go. Make sure to also customize the service by adding two channel packs and premium networks if you so desire.

YouTube TV – Our next suggestion is YouTube TV, which is a great single-bundle platform. Priced at only $40 per month, you can have loads of fun watching dozens of channels, including ABC. If you want to customize the service, you only have premium networks to pick from. On the other hand, the perks subscribers are offered, which you can read below, are pretty great in themselves

PlayStation Vue – Another great option is to pick PlayStation Vue, which comes with loads of great perks. There are four bundles to pick from here – Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra – and ABC is part of them all. There are also several premium networks available, as well as extra channel packs and the sports pack which includes NFL Redzone.

DirecTV Now – DirecTV Now is another option we’re sure you’ll want to check out. There are now two featured bundles here – Plus and Max – and five older bundles that used to have a different name and used to cost half of what they do now – Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. ABC is part of all seven bundles, so you can pick whichever one you like best. If you want, there are also two packs featuring Spanish-language channels, as well as several international bundles, plus several premium networks.

Sling TV – Last on our list, we have Sling TV, which is a platform that doesn’t actually feature ABC. But, if you find yourself liking this platform enough to subscribe to it, consider paying for two or three months in advance because they’ll give you a free TV antenna. It is through that antenna that you’ll be able to watch ABC.

What Can You Do If ABC Isn’t Available in Your Area?

Across the United States, there are several channels that can be watched via local stations, including ABC. Live TV platforms are also affected by this location issue, but the good news is that you can easily overcome the problem with the help of a VPN. You see, live TV platforms judge your location like any other website – by reading your IP address. If your IP address would show you are in a different location, such as a large metropolitan area, for instance, then you could watch ABC. Here’s what you need to do.

  • The first step you must take is to choose a VPN. We’ve reviewed dozens of these over the years and our favorite continues to be ExpressVPN. So, make sure you visit ExpressVPN and subscribe to the service.
  • As soon as you download and install the app, you can launch the app and log into your account. Make sure to pick a server located in a big metropolitan area and connect to it.
  • Once that process is complete, you should go to the live TV platform you chose, log in and enjoy watching all the local channels available in your new area.
  • Enjoy watching The Bachelorette!

How Can You Watch The Bachelorette With a TV Antenna?

There are several channels across the United States that you can watch with the help of a TV antenna, and ABC is part of that list. The benefits of having such an antenna start with the low price one of these devices has and continues with the fact that you get to watch TV for free. The only downside we can think of is the very limited number of channels you’d actually get to watch.

How Can You Watch The Bachelorette With a TV Antenna?

There are several channels across the United States that you can watch with the help of a TV antenna, and ABC is part of that list. The benefits of having such an antenna start with the low price one of these devices has and continues with the fact that you get to watch TV for free. The only downside we can think of is the very limited number of channels you’d actually get to watch.

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The Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick, Fire TV Cube, & Fire TV Recast DVR Are All On Sale

Good News! Right now Amazon has it’s line of Fire TV products once again on sale. Right now you can get the Fire TV Recast DVR 500GB version for $189.99 or the 1 TB version for $229.99. Need a Fire TV to use this? Right now you can get the Fire TV Stick for just $29.99. You can also get the Fire TV Stick 4K for just $39.99. (This is the same price the HD Fire TV Stick is being sold for.) Want the Fire TV Cube? Right now the Amazon Fire TV Cube is once again on sale for just $79.99. This is a limited time deal so don’t wait!

Additional information on the Fire TV Recast.

  • Fire TV Recast is a DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home or on-the-go with a Fire TV, Echo Show, or compatible mobile device—with no monthly fees.
  • Watch and record live sports, local news, late night shows, and other can’t miss TV from channels available through an HD antenna (sold separately) like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW.
  • With 2 tuners, you can record up to 2 shows at once. Plus, store up to 75 hours of HD programming.
  • With a compatible Alexa-enabled device, you can use your voice to search for shows, manage and schedule recordings, and help with other requests. Say things like “Alexa, open Channel Guide” or “Alexa, record ‘Riverdale.’”
  • Fire TV Recast delivers the most reliable video streams over Wi-Fi of any over-the-air DVR.

Additional details of the Fire TV Cube

  • The Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play what you want to watch.
  • With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. Enjoy hands-free voice control of content—search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Plus control the power and volume on your TV, sound bar, and A/V receiver, as well as change, live cable or satellite channels with just your voice.
  • Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker that lets you check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more—even with the TV off. Fire TV Cube is always getting smarter with new Alexa skills and voice functionality.
  • Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos.
  • Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Get over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
  • Access YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and more websites with Silk and Firefox browsers.
  • An Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes including “Thursday Night Football” and Prime Originals like “The Big Sick” and “Sneaky Pete”.
  • Now includes all-new Alexa Voice Remote with power and volume controls.

Additional details on the Fire TV Stick 4K

  • The Fire TV 4K is the most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick.
  • Launch and control content with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb Freedive, and others.
  • Enjoy brilliant picture with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Experience immersive sound with Dolby Atmos on select Prime Video titles.
  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.
  • Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.
  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu and PlayStation Vue.

YouTube TV, Another Live Streaming TV Option for Cord Cutters

YouTube TV is a live cable TV streaming service aimed at cord cutters who want to ditch their regular cable subscription. It is similar to other over-the-top (OTT) services that we have already covered such as DirecTV Now, Fubo TVPlayStation Vue, and Hulu Live. YouTube TV started out in limited markets and took a slower approach in launching nationwide as it was working on deals in getting local channels in all markets first. Google recently rolled out YouTube TV to virtually all markets in the U.S. and is available to 98% of the country. Here is a look at some first impressions and what you can expect.

Getting Started with YouTube TV

To get started you need to sign up for YouTube TV. You need to enter your zip code and it will give you a list of the channels included in your package.­ You will get a one-size-fits-all service that includes a short 5-day trial and costs $40/month. It has about 60 channels – including supported local affiliates such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX (CW is available in some areas, too). The lineup also includes major cable networks like ESPN, FX, AMC, USA, CNN, and others. You can also add on premium channels like Showtime and Starz if you want, but that will cost extra.

One of the more positive features to note off the bat is YouTube TV has unlimited DVR. Other services like DirecTV Now took quite a few years to get its cloud DVR implemented. PlayStation Vue has a cloud DVR that has been highly developed and available for years. And other services like Fubo TV and Hulu Live offers around 50 hours of recordings for free but you have to pay extra for more storage room.

One important thing to note about the DVR, though. It will replace the recording with the on-demand version of the show if it’s available. And most on-demand versions of shows do not allow you to skip ads. As part of the deal to get local affiliates, Google succumbed to allow on-demand versions to be placed in the DVR according to a WSJ report. It’s worth noting that all shows won’t do this, and your results will vary. PlayStation Vue has also started replacing some of your DVR’d content with on-demand.

Recording a show is easy, just like it is with PlayStation Vue. Just find the show and select the “+ Add to Library” icon. Your shows, movies, sports and other programs you add will be kept on the DVR for up to nine months. It will all be accessible in your own personalize DVR library. Finding the icon varies depending on the device you’re watching it on. You add programs through the guide or also while you’re watching the show. Another icon to look out for is the bell. It allows you to receive notifications when your favorites are available to watch.

YouTube TV is available on virtually any device you want to view it on either via an app or through a browser. Now, when it comes to a YouTube TV subscription, its other services like YouTube Music and YouTube Premium is a bit confusing. With a YouTube TV subscription, you get commercial-free YouTube Originals like Cobra Kai and Origin. You also get select trending YouTube videos. But you don’t get a commercial-free regular YouTube experience – you need YouTube Premium for that. And YouTube Music is not included, just consider that a separate service — unless you subscribe to YouTube Premium, too. See, it’s a little confusing.

Overall, YouTube TV is a solid cord-cutting service that works well and the price is comparable to similar OTT services. From my initial testing, the streams are reliable. The picture quality is good with support for 1080p content at 30fps on supported channels. The interface is intuitive and responsive on all devices I’ve tested it on so far. And if I weren’t already so loyal to PlayStation Vue, I would probably go with it if I had to.