Amazon launches Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for global users

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition supports High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for 1080p HD streaming with Dolby Audio surround sound.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote, which launched in the USA in October 2016 before making its way to the UK, Germany, and Japan this April, earned an "excellent" rating in PCMag's review, nabbing props for its low price, voice search capabilities, and fast performance. Even more strangely, at $49.99, it costs more than the previous Fire TV Stick that comes with the Alexa remote and costs just $39.99. With this media streaming player, you can watch all the latest and popular content. Amazon specifically promotes unlimited access to some of the best shows on TV today such as: Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, American Gods, The Tick, The Man in the High Castle, and The Grand Tour Season.

This version includes a quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, and 8GB of storage for apps and games. And with Amazon Video or Prime Video available in over 200 global territories for nearly a year now, it clearly makes flawless sense for folks in more than 100 countries to get an affordable and convenient way to play that content on the big screen. Additionally, the interface language can only be set to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

In any case, if you're interested in buying the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, it's available for purchase now and will start shipping out tomorrow, November 8. The new stripped-down Fire TV Stick is priced the same as a Chromecast dongle. Those versions are more powerful and, curiously, also less expensive.

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

Pricing varies in each locality.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote launched in the United States in October 2016 before expanding to the UK, Germany, and Japan this April.

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