Amazon Fire TV Vice President Marc Whitten said in a statement, "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think". And with Amazon Video or Prime Video available in over 200 global territories for nearly a year now, it clearly makes flawless sense for folks in more than 100 countries to get an affordable and convenient way to play that content on the big screen. Unlike its higher-end sibling, the basic edition will not come with Alexa support. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25, but only for customers in the US. This version of the Fire TV Stick does not include Amazon's digital brain Alexa because the virtual assistant is not available globally.
Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now (November 2017) for $49.99 in more than 100 countries around the world.
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.More news: Fan strips in end zone after Washington State scored against Stanford
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.
In addition to Prime Video, the 32-gram dongle can stream content from Netflix, YouTube and "over 4,000 apps and games across more than 100 countries and territories". Additionally, the interface language can only be set to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English. Bluetooth 4.1 is also supported to connect the included remote.
In any case, if you're interested in buying the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, it's available for purchase now and will start shipping out tomorrow, November 8. Alexa-enabled devices aren't available yet in many parts of the world which is the reason why Amazon may have chose to not include it on the Basic Edition, as pointed out by TechCrunch. Those versions are more powerful and, curiously, also less expensive.