Amazon today announced a new version of the Fire TV Stick available in more than 100 countries around the world.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is priced at $49.99 and supports seven different language settings. This version of the Fire TV Stick does not include Amazon’s digital brain Alexa because the virtual assistant is not available globally.
The new device represents a big expansion for Amazon, as the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has in the past been available to only U.S. customers. This new version of the Fire TV Stick follows Amazon’s move last year to expand Amazon Prime Video to more than 200 countries around the world.
“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. “This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”
The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition lets users access Amazon Prime Video as well as other video streaming services. The device sports a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of storage for apps and games. It supports 1080p HD streaming, but does not boast support for 4K or HDR streaming like the new Fire TV model.