Disney Plus spreads to 8 more countries The streaming service continues its plans to challenge Netflix's global dominance. Disney Plus has launched in eight more countries, taking the total to around 30 different territories. Fans of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and the House of Mouse can now sign up to Disney's streaming service in Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The news comes just in time for the release of Mulan, out now, and The Mandalorian season 2, streaming next month. You can watch Disney's family-friendly catalogue either directly or through a local network in pretty much all of Western Europe, as well as North America, Australia and New Zealand. Latin America is scheduled to follow in November. Disney's global ambitions rival the spread of Netflix, which streams to almost every country in the world (except China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria, for obvious reasons). Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV Plus also straddle large parts of the globe, but other streamers like HBO Max and CBS All Access only operate in North America. Hulu is limited to the US at the moment, but is now owned by Disney and has discussed international expansion in 2021.
60.5 million people have paid to subscribe to Disney Plus since it launched in November 2019. Although Apple sent out invitations to a Sept. 15 virtual event, those expecting iPhones will be disappointed since next week's event will focus on the new Apple Watch and iPads instead. That being said, the announcement date for the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Max and possible 12 Pro Max remains up in the air (Apple has not confirmed the names of the phones, but we'll go with those for now). However, our best guess as to when Apple will announce the phones is either Oct. 13 or 14.
Before we explain why, note that Apple has not released any official information and didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. What we do know, however, is that the iPhone is definitely delayed "a few weeks" from its usual September timeline. Even before the company confirmed this back in July, we knew the COVID-19 outbreak forced suppliers in China to shut down or operate on limited capacity. This affected not only Apple's inventory in September, but it will have an affect on sales, too. Apple also closed its US retail stores, though now some have reopened in limited ways.
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