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.
The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition supports High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for 1080p HD streaming with Dolby Audio surround sound.
The product push expands on last year's global launch of Amazon Prime Video and helps the company get its low-priced devices in more hands.
The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition lets users access Amazon Prime Video as well as other video streaming services. Along with Prime Video, the device also streams content including movies and TV shows from Hulu, YouTube and Netflix.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, a streaming media player, is now available in over 100 countries - including South Africa. The main difference is that the U.S. version comes with an Alexa remote that can take voice commands, while the Basic Edition has, well, a basic remote.
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Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick. It must be noted that it costs $10 more than the standard full-featured Fire TV Stick. Users can set the default language to Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German or English.
The new offering appears to be the same as the $40 Fire TV Stick now sold in the US.
While that is fine, the device is strangely also available in the United States, which does have Alexa.
Up until now, customers in most markets have been limited to watching Prime Video through an app on mobile phones and tablets, smart TVs, or through the Prime Video website. The stick reportedly runs on Fire OS 5, which is based on the three-year-old Android Lollipop.
However, what we can't understand is why Amazon didn't just make the Fire TV Stick with the Alexa Voice Remote available for additional markets instead of essentially rebranding the first-gen Fire TV Stick and increasing its price. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25 for customers in the US.