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.