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Disney Plus is now available in over 50 countries and territories

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Disney Plus continues its global expansion. Variety reports the service is now online in Greece, Turkey, Poland, and a number of other central European countries as part of a broader rollout over the last two weeks including 42 new countries and 11 territories across Europe, Africa, and West Asia. see the complete list and pricing

This means that viewers from those countries will be able to enjoy a variety of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar content. (Our recommendation? Get into Ms. Marvel as soon as you can… and maybe wait on Moon Knight.) It’s another way for Disney to expand its streaming service. Disney Plus has about 87.6 million subscribers — plus another 50.1 million who subscribe to Disney Plus Hotstar in India, which is a similar thing but not quite the same — and has been growing while Netflix has been reporting a slightly shrinking user base in recent months.

Netflix still sets the bar for global streaming scale. The company says it’s available in more than 190 countries — but Disney is catching up quickly. Disney stated that Disney Plus was a global service from the beginning. It certainly has the resources to make this happen.

As Disney continues its global march, however, it will run into many of those same problems as Netflix. It’s expensive and difficult to create content. Making content that is universally accessible is even harder. Disney’s dealt with this plenty of times, of course, most recently with Lightyear, which has been banned by a handful of countries before it was even released.

It’s also possible that many people just won’t want to pay for multiple streaming services, particularly in less affluent parts of the world, meaning Netflix and Disney Plus are likely to be in even more direct competition in new and developing markets.

That competition for subscription dollars, by the way, is one reason both companies are working on ad-supported plans in order to bring the price down as much as possible. Disney has said it intends to launch an ad-supported version of Disney Plus in the US this year and to roll it out elsewhere in 2023.

But the most interesting question Disney is about to face is this: how many possible streaming subscribers are actually out there? However, not everyone who has an internet connection will pay for dedicated TV or movie services. So far, Netflix has set the global market at about 220 million. Disney has a lot of Avengers and Obi Wan Kenobi to help it determine how high that number can go.

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USB logos finally make sense, thanks to a redesign

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Author: Mark Hachman
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As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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Cheaper OLED monitors might be coming soon

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Author: Michael Crider
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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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New Pixel Watch leak reveals watch faces, strap styles and more

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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