Amazon Fire TV Stick available in New Zealand

Leigh Mccormick
November 8, 2017

In a move to expand the market for its Fire TV Stick, Amazon announced today that a new Basic Edition of the stick will now be available in more than 100 new markets around the world.

What's confusing about this "Basic Edition" is the $49.99 price tag, which inexplicably tops the official valuation of the non-basic Fire TV Stick variant.

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.

Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick. Users can now order the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in 100 nations around the world, including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain.

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The Fire Stick available to Kiwis is a basic version, and it doesn't have voice support for Alexa or other voice-based search functionalities.

In related news, Amazon recently reached out and shared some of the deals that it'll be offering over the upcoming Black Friday weekend. This new version of the Fire TV Stick follows Amazon's move past year to expand Amazon Prime Video to more than 200 countries around the world. The key difference is that the Basic Edition ships with a remote control without microphone. Previously, Prime Video was limited to smartphones, tablets, the web and smart TVs, but now customers can plug this HDMI dongle into any TV and start streaming. It can also better compete with Google Chromecast, which lacks support for Prime Video streaming.

Users will be able to set their language with a choice of Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English included.

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 USA customers. Beyond that, it supports 1080p output, Dolby Audio, and HEVC codec support. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.

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