Amazon makes Fire TV Stick available in over 100 countries

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

So far, viewers in several countries were only able to watch Prime Video on mobile phones and tablets, smart TVs, or via the Prime Video website.

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote costs $10 less and has all the power of the Alexa AI. It streams up to 1080p content. New Zealand based services such as Lightbox and Neon aren't available.

"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 Amazon Fire TV Vice President, Marc Whitten, in a press release.

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For many in Europe, streaming Amazon Prime is spotty unless the user has a Chromecast, set-top box, or TV that supports it. Amazon hopes that making it easier to stream content will motivate more folks to subscribe to Prime or Prime Video.

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. The key difference is that the Basic Edition ships with a remote control without microphone. The two are practically identical, as far as we can tell, in both design and features, apart from the US-only Alexa voice support. It offers fast and simple access to hundreds to thousands of media content you can find on Amazon's database. It supports Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and can decode H.265 video, according to Android Police. Although no information was given on the operating system, Android Police speculates that it may be running Fire OS 5.

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now (November 2017) for $49.99 in more than 100 countries around the world.

That hardware is more or less the same as what's found in the 2nd and 3rd generation Fire TV Sticks, so this certainly isn't a new device. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25 for customers in the US.

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