Amazon Debuts $50 'Basic' Fire TV Stick for International Users
- Author: Terrell Bush Nov 08, 2017,
Nov 08, 2017, 0:22
There's also support for 1080p HD video streaming with the High Efficiency Video Codec, as well as Dolby Audio for a higher-quality audio experience. The only major difference here is that the Basic Edition doesn't have support for Alexa voice commands. Whether or not that price hike is worth paying is ultimately up to you, but if you decide you want it, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now from Amazon. Simply plug it in, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes.
According to Amazon, it is launching the Fire Stick to provide a simpler way for consumers in those countries to access Amazon Prime Video, home of The Grand Tour, Transparent and not a whole lot else, frankly.
The media player packs a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage for apps and games.
Prime Video, which costs US$5.99 (NZ$8.70) a month, launched in New Zealand past year and features shows such as Grand Tour, the Man in the High Castle and American Gods. "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think". That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25, but only for customers in the US.
The problem is that streaming Amazon Prime to your big-screen TV is a pain for many in Europe, unless you own a Chromecast, set-top box, or TV that supports it.
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.
The new device represents a big expansion for Amazon, as the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has in the past been available to only US customers.
Pricing varies in each locality.
Amazon is selling the new version for $50 on Amazon.com, and shipping it to over 100 countries.