Amazon launches Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 countries

Above Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition

The device sports a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of storage for apps and games.

The Basic Edition supports 720p HD and 1080p full HD of up to 60 frames per second with Dolby Audio.

Prime Video, which costs US$5.99 (NZ$8.70) a month, launched in New Zealand a year ago and features shows such as Grand Tour, the Man in the High Castle and American Gods. Along with Prime Video, the device also streams content including movies and TV shows from Hulu, YouTube and Netflix.

"Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available to customers globally, and today, we're building on that momentum as we introduce Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to new customers around the world", Amazon's Marc Whitten says in a prepared statement. Unlike its higher-end sibling, the basic edition will not come with Alexa support.

While that is fine, the device is strangely also available in the U.S., which does have Alexa. Also, the domestic version of the Fire TV stick costs $10 less.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition can now be availed from and locally in other countries such as Canada, Spain, and France. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

The new offering appears to be the same as the $40 Fire TV Stick now sold in the US. Although no information was given on the operating system, Android Police speculates that it may be running Fire OS 5. The tiny and portable Fire TV Stick plugs into your TV's HDMI port and once connected to Wi-Fi, you'll be able to "start streaming in minutes".

However, what we can't understand is why Amazon didn't just make the Fire TV Stick with the Alexa Voice Remote available for additional markets instead of essentially rebranding the first-gen Fire TV Stick and increasing its price.

AND, shipping is FREE if you have Amazon Prime or your order is $25 or more.

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