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Amazon reveals $50 Fire TV Basic Edition, shipping to 100 markets

08 November, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Lloyd Doyle

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote only costs $40, and as its name suggests, comes with a remote that has Alexa built-in.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is now available for purchase at $50, and will ship starting tomorrow.

What it doesn't provide is support for Alexa, Amazon's digital personal assistant. 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. It features a quad-core processor, 1GB of memory and 8GB of local storage with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HEVC and Dolby Audio.

"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", said Marc Whitten, vice president of Amazon Fire TV. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25, but only for customers in the US. Called the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, the new $49.99 streaming stick comes with most of the same bells and whistles except for Alexa voice support.


Amazon launched Prime Video as a global video subscription service about a year ago. "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think". In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

From what I could gather, the Basic Edition doesn't exist to replace 2016's Fire TV Stick, but as an option for the rest of the world. The new stripped-down Fire TV Stick is priced the same as a Chromecast dongle. It's only natural that the Fire TV Stick device becomes readily available in more regions. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 Dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.

Pricing varies in each locality.

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