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

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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. The key difference is that the Basic Edition ships with a remote control without microphone. This version of the Fire TV Stick does not include Amazon's digital brain Alexa because the virtual assistant is not available globally. 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.

The streaming media player comes with a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory for a fast and fluid streaming experience, as well as 8 GB of storage for apps and games. New Zealand based services such as Lightbox and Neon aren't available. This media streaming player will be available in over a 100 countries worldwide where Amazon launched its Amazon Prime Video service past year.

After expanding its Prime Video service to more than 200 countries and territories last December, Amazon is now introducing its streaming hardware to more global users.

The problem is that streaming Amazon Prime to your big-screen TV is a pain for many in Europe, unless you own a Chromecast, set-top box, or TV that supports it.

The new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is basically the same as the second iteration of Amazon's streaming stick.

Like previous versions of the Fire TV Stick, the Basic Edition is very easy to use. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.

A basic version of Amazon's streaming device is now available for Kiwis to buy. Another thing to point out here is that Amazon is advertising the Basic Edition as having a $49.99 price tag, but its pricing may still vary depending on the customer's location.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available for purchase today on local Amazon sites in Canada, France, Italy, and Spain, with Brazil and Mexico coming soon.

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