Fans of the popular reality TV series are furious they cannot watch the romantic competition legally here in Australia.
Although Foxtel has emerged as the winner of new Warner Bros television content in Australia, the international distributor continues to work with all networks with existing television shows such as Blindspot with Seven, Mom with 10 and Young Sheldon with Nine.
In a mystery to viewers (and perhaps even a mystery to Warner Bros’ themselves), Nine continues to license the American versions of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise from the production company, but have chosen not to screen them on any platform.
The series is not even played in a lunch time slot, a graveyard slot or on 9 Now.
Australian fans of the local series are desperate to watch the international versions, but cannot do so legally. Some in the industry are stumped during this advertising slump as to why Nine would pay money for the rights but then not screen them, as they do with the US version of Survivor.
Recently Nine announced they would no longer rely on low rating American content and would not involve themselves in paying a premium for US content that does not rate here.
There’s no doubt Foxtel or 10 would be keen for that content and fans would love the chance to watch it legally because ultimately it’s the fans that miss out!
*Nine declined to comment