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Amazon Launches New Fire TV Stick For International Customers

Amazon Launches New Fire TV Stick For International Customers

"Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available to customers globally, and today, we're building on that momentum as we introduce Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to new customers around the world", says Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV.

Today, Amazon launched an cheap new member of its Fire TV family of products aimed at the many markets in which Alexa is not available.

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.

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

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It's essentially the standard Fire TV Stick but without Alexa voice command support. Another possible difference could be the software - 2016's Fire TV Stick runs Fire OS 5, which is based on 2014's Android Lollipop, but it is unknown what Fire OS version the Basic Edition runs.

Amazon's Prime Video service is available in 200 countries around the world as of last December.

For many in Europe, streaming Amazon Prime is spotty unless the user has a Chromecast, set-top box, or TV that supports it. Amazon hopes that making it easier to stream content will motivate more folks to subscribe to Prime or Prime Video. We won't stop you if you live in the U.S. and want to pick up the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, however, so you can find the means to do so at the link below.

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition costs $49.99 CAD in Canada, which is a no-brainer to connect all of your TVs to Prime Video, YouTube and more.

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Amazon is investing billions to create content for Prime Video, one of the few services that is available without the main Prime subscription. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 1080p visuals, and Dolby Audio.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition has a quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of storage for apps and games. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 Dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.

All in all, we're left scratching our heads over what exactly is new about the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition.

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