Amazon Fire TV Stick Goes Global with Basic Edition

Amazon Fire TV Stick Goes Global with Basic Edition

Lindsey Duncan
November 8, 2017

The Basic Edition supports 720p HD and 1080p full HD of up to 60 frames per second with Dolby Audio. The stripped down Fire TV Stick doesn't work in 4K, so those users will need the $70 Fire TV dongle which is now available in Europe in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote costs $10 less and has all the power of the Alexa AI. Users will simply have to plug the streaming stick to their TV's HDMI port, connect it to their Wi-Fi network and start streaming.

In a move to expand the market for its Fire TV Stick, Amazon announced today that a new Basic Edition of the stick will now be available in more than 100 new markets around the world.

The media player packs a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage for apps and games. This new version of the Fire TV Stick follows Amazon's move a year ago to expand Amazon Prime Video to more than 200 countries around the world.

The online retail giant just unveiled a "Basic Edition" version of its Fire TV Stick, which is available for purchase today in more than 100 new countries and territories around the world, including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. Users can set the default language to Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German or English. "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think".

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That hardware is more or less the same as what's found in the 2nd and 3rd generation Fire TV Sticks, so this certainly isn't a new device.

The new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is basically the same as the second iteration of Amazon's streaming stick. The new stripped-down Fire TV Stick is priced the same as a Chromecast dongle.

The new offering appears to be the same as the $40 Fire TV Stick now sold in the US. Those versions are more powerful and, curiously, also less expensive.

Pricing varies in each locality. Amazon's main Fire TV Stick Basic page proudly proclaims "this item ships to Sydney, Australia" when I view it.