Amazon makes Fire TV Stick available in over 100 countries

When it comes to specs, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is equipped with HDMI connectivity, 1GB RAM, a quad-core processor, and 8GB onboard storage.

Created to plug in to a TV's HDMI port and stream over Wi-Fi in 1080p quality, it will deliver Amazon Original TV shows and movies as well as other video content, depending on what's available in each country.

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

In terms of specs, well, the Basic Edition appears to be more or less the same as the standard Amazon Fire TV Stick, except the Basic Edition doesn't ship with Alexa voice support.

Dolby Labs shares are down 0.56%. Along with Prime Video, the device also streams content including movies and TV shows from Hulu, YouTube and Netflix.

Amazon also recently introduced a new Fire TV, which supports 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range content, and comes with an Alexa Voice Remote.

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Users will be able to set their language with a choice of Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English included. However, the United States version comes with an Alexa remote that can operate with voice commands, while the Basic Edition just has a basic remote.

So what gives? One possible explanation is that Amazon does intend to sell the Fire TV Basic in Australia eventually, but doesn't want to do so until it can sell through the actual.com.au site, whenever that happens. Although no information was given on the operating system, Android Police speculates that it may be running Fire OS 5.

That hardware is more or less the same as what's found in the 2nd and 3rd generation Fire TV Sticks, so this certainly isn't a new device.

What's confusing about this "Basic Edition" is the $49.99 price tag, which inexplicably tops the official valuation of the non-basic Fire TV Stick variant.

AND, shipping is FREE if you have Amazon Prime or your order is $25 or more.

  • Desiree Holland