Amazon Launches New Fire TV Stick For International Customers


Amazon has launched a new version of the Fire TV Stick for the global market, called the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote, which launched in the USA in October 2016 before making its way to the UK, Germany, and Japan this April, earned an "excellent" rating in PCMag's review, nabbing props for its low price, voice search capabilities, and fast performance.

When it comes to specs, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is equipped with HDMI connectivity, 1GB RAM, a quad-core processor, and 8GB onboard storage.

Not long after releasing the original Amazon Fire TV as a small set-top box, Amazon shrunk its player down into stick form.

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available to more than 100 countries around the world including Canada, France, Italy and Spain. Amazon's main Fire TV Stick Basic page proudly proclaims "this item ships to Sydney, Australia" when I view it.

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The goal of the new streaming stick is to provide Amazon's customers with an affordable way to start streaming content from Prime Video, which was also launched globally previous year. Then you can stream Prime Video, Netflix, TV shows, movies, and more. The Basic Edition can also be configured to come with the default languages like Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German or English. New Zealand based services such as Lightbox and Neon aren't available. The main difference is that the United States version comes with an Alexa remote that can take voice commands, while the Basic Edition has, well, a basic remote.

The new offering appears to be the same as the $40 Fire TV Stick now sold in the US. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 1080p visuals, and Dolby Audio. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25 for customers in the US.