Amazon makes Fire TV Stick available in over 100 countries

Todd Singleton
November 8, 2017

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.

What has changed is the Basic Edition's remote, which no longer has the Alexa voice control integration that the previous generation's remote included. I'm not quite sure what is happening there but if I had to guess they will eventually phase out the Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote in the U.S. and drop the price of the Basic Edition but for now it makes no sense to get the Basic Edition in the US. Users in the United States see their Fire Stick come equipped with an Alexa voice assistant powered remote, priced at $39.99 Dollars. The small streaming media player connects to an HDTV's HDMI port and offers access to streaming services like Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube in no time.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is powered by the quad-core Mediatek 8127D at 1.3 GHz, and comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The Basic Edition is available in over 100 countries, likely due to Amazon's desire to push Prime Video into as many homes as possible around the world.

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The objective 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 a year ago.

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. Those versions are more powerful and, curiously, also less expensive. 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.

The Fire Stick available to Kiwis is a basic version, and it doesn't have voice support for Alexa or other voice-based search functionalities.

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