The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition sells for $49.99 (on the U.S. site, at least) and is available to purchase as of writing in more than 100 countries around the globe. The main difference is that the USA version comes with an Alexa remote that can take voice commands, while the Basic Edition has, well, a basic remote. Users can also set the stick's default menu language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English. Users in the United States see their Fire Stick come equipped with an Alexa voice assistant powered remote, priced at $39.99 Dollars. 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. The tiny and portable Fire TV Stick plugs into your TV's HDMI port and once connected to Wi-Fi, you'll be able to "start streaming in minutes". The move comes nearly a year after the retailer expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries globally. "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think". Bluetooth 4.1 is also supported to connect the included remote.
The new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is basically the same as the second iteration of Amazon's streaming stick. And that's the point: Alexa is only available in a few markets, and Amazon is trying to push its products worldwide.
The "basic" edition of the Fire TV Stick will come with 8GB of onboard storage for apps and games, a quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM.
The Basic Edition supports 720p HD and 1080p full HD of up to 60 frames per second with Dolby Audio. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 Dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.
A basic version of Amazon's streaming device is now available for Kiwis to buy.