Amazon releases Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 countries

Amazon has just released the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and is making it available in over 100 countries and territories. While it may look like the original 1st generation Fire TV Stick that was released 3 years ago, it is not. It’s actually identical to the current 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, but it includes the original non-voice remote instead of an Alexa voice remote.

None of the hardware released today is new, but Amazon is repackaging existing hardware so that it can be made available across the world. The actually Fire TV Stick included in the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition package is the exact same Fire TV Stick that was released a year ago. The key difference is it comes with a non-voice remote, since supporting voice search, yet alone Alexa, in over 100 countries would be a monumental task.

Other than the inclusion of the old non-voice remote from the original Fire TV Stick, the other difference will be the software. While core functionality, like playing videos and running apps, will be present, you can expect some Fire TV features to be unavailable, like Alexa, FreeTime, and Shopping.

The release of the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition should mean that those of you with full-fledged Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks might start to see better support for your imported devices in countries where the regular hardware is not available.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available to purchase today for $49.99 USD from the United States, for $49.99 CDN from Canada, and for €59,99 EUR from France, Italy, and Spain. It will be available from Amazon’s Mexico and Brazil websites at a later date.

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39 comments
  1. Ryan says:

    Wow, about friggin’ time. Perhaps Amazon is realizing that Google is beating them to the punch in other countries.

  2. Carol says:

    If I have the one with Alexa already will this work in France now?

  3. Carol says:

    If I have the one with Alexa already will this work in France now? Not the voice bit, but the rest?

  4. Craig says:

    Wow! $10 more and less functionality? Count me in! (NOT!)

  5. Mike says:

    This is actually an incredibly good deal for Canadians. With exchange this is at about the 39.99 rate. Plus not having to use a US re-shipper (I have Canadian Prime so free shipping).

  6. Nathan says:

    Boo hiss! The question is, will fire tv’s say purchased in the U.S and brought back to Canada work with prime in Canada now?

    Nope! Still says its locked to a different region and puts up an error code. Anyway to get out of this region locking? Don’t want to have to buy this device again now if I already have the exact same one!

    • R-Dub says:

      ARggg, I was hoping our FireTV 2s that some of us brought up last year would magically be enabled now too. Hopefully a workaround or official software update.

      • Nathan says:

        Soooo spent a long time on the phone with Amazon Canada. What they said is only this new basic device will work in this region. Anything earlier, and from the U.S will never work out of the U.S for PRIME video.

        I made the case for any other streaming device from Apple to Roku I can purchase in the U.S and set up an account in Canada and use. I asked if I could trade in my device for a basic. He said the best he could do is give me $20 off to purchase a new basic one. Hopefully some people who also bought these from U.S retailers and brought them back to their homelands find this info useful. He also said there is no way to change the software, update or get these devices to work outside the U.S with Prime. AFTV NEWS I present to you a challenge!

        • Andrew says:

          I wonder if there is a way to download/sideload the software that will come with this basic model and load it onto a previously purchased Fire TV Stick 2. It probably wouldn’t work for the Fire TV 2 though.

          I have 2 of those, plus a Fire TV 2 in my house. I have been using them for Kodi, Netflix, and Plex, but would love to be able to use them for Prime Video content in Canada.

        • Andrew says:

          Thanks for the heads-up. They only gave me 25% off – about a $13 discount but I felt it was reasonable enough to not argue the point further. $42 with taxes delivered today.

          I’m irritated that I can’t use my US purchased FireTV’s for Prime Video in Canada but, in truth, Amazon has always been pretty good to me and I get that there is probably some regulatory nonesense involved. Maybe something to do with our privacy laws or accountability to content owners, I don’t know.

          • Andrew says:

            I found a workaround, but it only works for me using my Android based products (Nexus 9, Nexus 6P) and won’t work using my wife’s iOS products.

            Using the Android Prime Video app, if I start a video and then choose to cast it to a Fire TV, it will play no problem. I just can’t start or resume the video using the Fire TV. It has to be initiated by the phone or tablet.

          • Carol says:

            I have app on both an Android phone and the Fire tablet but neither give me a cast option (Fire tablet used to but then just stopped)……. Why is this so hard for Amazon to sort out…?

        • Andrew says:

          I was on the phone with Amazon.com Fire TV support, and asked them to change the country my devices are associated with (1x Fire TV Stick 1st Gen, 2xFire TV Stick 2, 1xFire TV 2nd Gen) based on a comment I found on Reddit by a user in India that was able to get Indian Prime content by calling Amazon and having the US purchased Fire product changed on Amazon’s backend, not under your account location settings on Amazon’s webpage.

          In any case, I’m not sure what she did exactly, but I now have access to non-georestricted Prime Video content on all of my devices.

          • Daniel says:

            Where are you from? I suppose you are outside of the few countries that Amazon supports, I’ll try to do the same

          • londo says:

            amazon wouldnt do anything for me, only that they are working on it with not ETA.

            “Not for now. We are receiving a lot of feedback regarding this type of issue so we are starting to work on this”

  7. Loek says:

    Note.. it’s not ~60 euro for us Euro-people. You also have to include ~17 euros for VAT, import duties and shipping, so it’s about 77 euros.

  8. Himad says:

    Well, even though my fire tv stick 2 appears on the primevideo.com devices page, I’m still unable to use Prime on the stick. Error 5505…

  9. Jiggypuff says:

    Awesome. Wish they sold those in the US. I miss the old remotes. New ones feel cheap and wake up the whole household when pushing buttons.

  10. Daniel says:

    Will I finally be able to download apps from the Amazon Appstore on my imported 1st gen Fire TV stick?

  11. Lolo says:

    Let mw know if anyone can get their US stick to now work properly in Canada

  12. Garth says:

    I wonder if someone can extract from the Canadian Fire Stick the Canadian Prime Video APK and make it available so it can be sideloaded to the Fire devices bought in the US.

  13. Mr P says:

    Yah, I won’t be holding my breath for Amazon to make their earlier devices like the Fire TV 2 work in non-Amazon account countries. Taken them ages to get even this far.

    Best solution for me, never buy ANY Amazon hardware. Plenty of other devices out there that DO work with Amazon Prime in different countries without being hamstrung by Amazon’s crap software AND without shoving bucket loads of Amazon content in your face that you can neither a) hide or b) access. While there’s devices like the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi box out there, Amazon can shove their junk where the sun don’t shine!

  14. Tomy says:

    I dont get it.
    Whats the difference between this and the regular 2.gen fire stick?
    Why should I pay 10€ more then for the regular 2.gen?

    The regular one works just fine outside the EU countries.

  15. Carol says:

    I have raised the issue of fault 5505 with Amazon. See reply:-

    “I’m Sidharth from Amazon Customer Service.

    Thank you so much for giving us a detailed information of the problem with videos on Fire TV Stick.

    To help you with this, I’ve checked and see that this is an ongoing issue and our technical team is already working to fix it at the at the earliest.

    Please be assured that once we resolve this issue, I’ll send you an email regarding the same as I’ve decided to personally follow up with you to ensure this issue gets resolved to the bets of your benefit.

    Please be assured that I’ll personally follow up with this issue and update you once I receive a feedback from our technical team.

    Rest assured we’re always here to help you with the best of our abilities.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to see you again soon”

    We will see…….

  16. Eric says:

    That is a really odd way of pricing.

    In the same market – EU – they want 60 € for this basic version in france, while the one with the alexa remote is for sale at a regular price of 40 € right next door, in germany.

    https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01ETRGE7M/

    https://www.amazon.de/Fire-TV-Stick-mit-Alexa-Sprachfernbedienung/dp/B01ETRIS3K/

    Aside from the fact that nobody can stop an amazon customer in france to order the better stick for less from germany. All this does is pissing customers off, what gives?!

  17. oavaldezi says:

    Has anyone found a way to flash the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition’s firmware on to a “Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote”? That would theoretically make the stick work with the international Prime Video service.

    They seem to be the same hardware, but is the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition’s firmware available, and is it technically feasible to flash it on the other model?

    • The Brain says:

      I think it is not necessary.

      Extract the standalone APK and sideload it into the Alexa-enabled Fire TV should be enough.

      • oavaldezi says:

        When you mention “the standalone APK”, would that be the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition’s firmware?

        Where can I find it?

      • oavaldezi says:

        To clarify: what I want to do is convert a “Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote” that I already own, into a “Fire TV Stick Basic Edition”, so that I can use it with the international “Prime Video” service.

        The “Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote” can be used with the “Amazon Video” service only in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Japan.

        If I can convert into a “Fire TV Stick Basic Edition”, I can use it in over 100 countries with the international “Prime Video” service, which is what I want to do.

        • The Brain says:

          And what I’m trying to say to you is that, differently from the regular Fire TV Stick, the Prime Video is just an app that comes installed in the new Fire TV Basic, rather than a functionality embedded in it.

          • oavaldezi says:

            Thank you for your tips and clarifications, but it’s not what I want to achieve. I want a full conversion to the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition’s interface, not just loading the Amazon Video app.

            From https://developer.amazon.com/docs/fire-tv/device-specifications.html:

            “How Basic Edition Differs from Gen 2
            From a hardware perspective, the specs for Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and Fire TV Stick (Gen 2) are largely the same except that the Basic Edition doesn’t ship with an Alexa Voice Remote. Fire TV Stick (Gen 2) is available in US, UK, Germany, Japan, and India, whereas Basic Edition is available outside these areas in more than 100 countries or territories (see the full list here).

            The user interface for Basic Edition is also simplified in some ways, making it more of an app-centric experience. For example, the “Recommended By Your Apps” rows that is normally populated through Recommendations isn’t shown on Basic Edition. The tabs on the top row are simplified, and you find apps by browsing the available categories rather than using search. Customers can set their default language as Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or English.”

            So it seems the hardware is “largely the same”, but the user interfaces are different.

  18. Carol says:

    Hi, yes it should work but from my point of view doesn’t because despite changing my country settings to France where I live, it still thinks I am in the wrong country, error 5505. Amazon are supposedly looking into this, but judging by other people’s comments. i am not alone. Desperate to get it working

  19. The Brain says:

    It’s available here in Brazil for BRL 289 (USD 89).

    https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B01ETRGEIG

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