Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition available in 100 countries for $50

Nov 08, 2017, 00:20

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote only costs $40, and as its name suggests, comes with a remote that has Alexa built-in.

What it doesn't provide is support for Alexa, Amazon's digital personal assistant. 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.

This streaming media player lets customers access TV shows, apps and games on their TV, launching in over 100 countries and territories worldwide, building on Amazon's launch of Prime Video a year ago.

Up until now, customers in most markets have been limited to watching Prime Video through an app on mobile phones and tablets, smart TVs, or through the Prime Video website.

While that is fine, the device is strangely also available in the USA, which does have Alexa.

The default language for Fire TV Stick Basic Edition can be set to French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or English.

From what I could gather, the Basic Edition doesn't exist to replace 2016's Fire TV Stick, but as an option for the rest of the world.

Amazon's big goal with the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is to bring the product to as many countries as possible, and with it being sold to over 100 different regions, the company certainly has that part of the plan down pat.

All in all, we're left scratching our heads over what exactly is new about the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. The new stripped-down Fire TV Stick is priced the same as a Chromecast dongle. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 Dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too. Another thing to point out here is that Amazon is advertising the Basic Edition as having a $49.99 price tag, but its pricing may still vary depending on the customer's location.

Amazon also recently introduced a new Fire TV, which supports 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range content, and comes with an Alexa Voice Remote.