Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Amazon launches Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for worldwide users

Say hello to the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition - a streaming stick that is comparable in nearly every way to Fire TV Stick models of the past. This media streaming player will be available in over a 100 countries worldwide where Amazon launched its Amazon Prime Video service a year ago.

"The All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display with 16 GB is $69.99 (30% off) today at Amazon! However, the U.S. version comes with an Alexa remote that can operate with voice commands, while the Basic Edition just has a basic remote.

Amazon might have announced an avalanche of devices a few weeks ago, but notably absent was any upgrade to its Fire TV Stick.

It's also worth noting here that the so-called "basic" edition actually costs $10 more than the standard full-featured Amazon Fire TV Stick, however this price discrepancy is negated somewhat by the fact that Amazon will ship the device for free to anywhere in the world. The Basic Edition can also be configured to come with the default languages like Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German or English.

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.

In any case, if you're interested in buying the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, it's available for purchase now and will start shipping out tomorrow, November 8. The stick offers support for the High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for great 1080p HD streaming, and Dolby Audio for cinematic surround sound.

The new offering appears to be the same as the $40 Fire TV Stick now sold in the US.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition comes with quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of storage. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.

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