Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick. The stripped down Fire TV Stick doesn't work in 4K, so those users will need the $70 Fire TV dongle which is now available in Europe in the United Kingdom and Germany.
The launch comes nearly a year after Amazon opened up its Prime Video streaming service to more than 200 countries, having been restricted to just a handful of locations until then. Users can set the default language to Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German or English.
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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. It can also better compete with Google Chromecast, which lacks support for Prime Video streaming.
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. Here, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition costs $50, while the more-capable Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote costs just $40. Alexa-enabled devices aren't available yet in many parts of the world which is the reason why Amazon may have made a decision to not include it on the Basic Edition, as pointed out by TechCrunch.
The "basic" edition of the Fire TV Stick will come with 8GB of onboard storage for apps and games, a quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The stick offers support for the High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for great 1080p HD streaming, and Dolby Audio for cinematic surround sound. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.