Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition launches globally

Wednesday, 08 Nov, 2017

Customers can buy the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition starting today for $49.99. The Basic Edition is available in over 100 countries, likely due to Amazon's desire to push Prime Video into as many homes as possible around the world.

Amazon today announced a new version of the Fire TV Stick available in more than 100 countries around the world. The main difference is that the USA version comes with an Alexa remote that can take voice commands, while the Basic Edition has, well, a basic remote.

After all, audio and video streaming is rapidly taking off around the world, not just in the U.S. and a couple of other key Western markets. Another possible difference could be the software - 2016's Fire TV Stick runs Fire OS 5, which is based on 2014's Android Lollipop, but it is unknown what Fire OS version the Basic Edition runs.

The launch comes nearly a year after Amazon opened up its Prime Video streaming service to more than 200 countries, having been restricted to just a handful of locations until then. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

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The Fire TV Stick is a media streaming dongle that plugs into your TV's HDMI port (think Chromecast or Apple TV). Bluetooth 4.1 is also supported to connect the included remote.

Created to plug in to a TV's HDMI port and stream over Wi-Fi in 1080p quality, it will deliver Amazon Original TV shows and movies as well as other video content, depending on what's available in each country.

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This version includes a quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of storage for apps and games. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.