Amazon Debuts Fire TV Stick With No Alexa In 100 New Markets

Amazon on Tuesday announced a new version of its popular Fire TV stick that strips out some of the bells and whistles for worldwide users.

The Fire Stick TV Basic Edition costs NZ$75 and can only be purchased from Amazon's website.

The Basic Edition has a quad-core processor, 1 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is launching today in 100 markets, representing a major streaming push for Amazon.

The "new" Basic Edition is essentially the second generation Fire TV Stick but without the Alexa functionality, as many of these 100 countries do not have Alexa.

In related news, Amazon recently reached out and shared some of the deals that it'll be offering over the upcoming Black Friday weekend.

Prime Video, which costs US$5.99 (NZ$8.70) a month, launched in New Zealand past year and features shows such as Grand Tour, the Man in the High Castle and American Gods. 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. Additionally, the interface language can only be set to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English. The main difference with the Basic Edition is it doesn't come with an Alexa-compatible remote so can't take voice commands. We won't stop you if you live in the United States 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. Bluetooth 4.1 is also supported to connect the included remote.

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. It also offers support for Dolby Audio and provides 1080p streaming, according to Amazon. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.

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