Amazon Releases $49.99 Fire TV Stick Basic Edition Without Alexa Voice Support

Above Shipping locations

"This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think".

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for sale in Canada and over 100 more countries and territories. The remote it comes with lacks the microphone and the Alexa button. It's also available in over 100 new markets.

What it doesn't provide is support for Alexa, Amazon's digital personal assistant.




Amazon's Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote, which launched in the U.S. in October 2016 before making its way to the UK, Germany, and Japan this April, earned an "excellent" rating in PCMag's review, nabbing props for its low price, voice search capabilities, and fast performance. Additionally, the interface language can only be set to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

The objective of the new streaming stick is to provide Amazon's customers with an affordable way to start streaming content from Prime Video, which was also launched globally past year. It must be noted that it costs $10 more than the standard full-featured Fire TV Stick. It supports Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and can decode H.265 video, according to Android Police.

From what I could gather, the Basic Edition doesn't exist to replace 2016's Fire TV Stick, but as an option for the rest of the world. It's only natural that the Fire TV Stick device becomes readily available in more regions. And that's the point: Alexa is only available in a few markets, and Amazon is trying to push its products worldwide. The streaming stick ships with a MediaTek quad-core ARM processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, pairs that with a Mali450 MP4 GPU, and tosses in a mere 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. Those versions are more powerful and, curiously, also less expensive.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Broncos coach sticking with Osweiler at QB
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:28
Any hope that Osweiler's promotion to the starting role would be enough of a catalyst to jump-start a dead offense faded quickly. However, Joseph did not declare a starter for Sunday night against the Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Senators' Matt Duchene Sneaks Off Ice After Avalanche Trade Him During Game
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:24
Duchene will face his former Avs mates next weekend when Ottawa and Colorado go head to head twice against one another in Sweden. Bowers, 18, was Ottawa's first selection (first round, 28th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OnePlus 5T will be launched on November 16 in NY
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:24
The OnePlus 5T release date and launch event was revealed today on and on a brand new page on the company's website . The phone will also go on-sale in India, but not until November 28th, as well as in China on December 1st.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Qatar Airways buys 9.6% stake in Cathay
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:18
Cathay shares fell 1.5 per cent on Monday, while the benchmark Hang Seng Index finish almost unchanged. The airline cut 600 jobs in May as part of measures to rebound from its losses.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Miami Police Punch Drunk Woman At Hard Rock Stadium During Match
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:18
Meanwhile, Freitas has been charged with disorderly conduct and battery on a police officer. As of writing on Monday, Nov. 6, police have not released the officer's full name.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Emenalo resigns as Chelsea technical director
Nov 07, 2017 - 00:18
Chelsea will review its management structure in the wake of Emenalo's departure but revealed he will be involved in that process. He has had a tremendous impact on the club over the past 10 years and this is evident in everything we have achieved.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top StarCraft II Is Going Free To Play Starting On November 14
Nov 06, 2017 - 00:25
Earlier this year, Blizzard released a remastered version of the original StarCraft with HD visuals and improved online features. So if you've ever been craving some RTS action lately, this easily answers the question of which game you should try next.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gunman 'nonchalantly' enters a Colo. Walmart and 'randomly' kills 3
Nov 06, 2017 - 00:21
Guadalupe Perez was inside with her son Erick. "You see all these things in the news and you go through it, it's scary", she said. Two men died inside the store, which is about 10 miles north of Denver in a busy shopping centre.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gunman Opens Fire On Texas Church Killing Multiple People
Nov 06, 2017 - 00:21
The incident occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town more than 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fire Officials Remind to Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend
Nov 06, 2017 - 00:08
Before you go to sleep tonight, do not forget to turn back all your clocks as daylight saving time officially comes to an end. But officials recommended Daylight Saving Time ends only if the majority of other northeast states join in the idea.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American jailed in Zimbabwe after allegedly tweeting about president
Nov 05, 2017 - 01:11
Social media posts played a major role in fueling major anti-government protests in Zimbabwe a year ago . The 25-year-old Martha O'Donovan denies the charges as "baseless and malicious".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Potential T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Falls Apart
Nov 05, 2017 - 01:10
The companies said they ended talks because they "were unable to find mutually agreeable terms". With the new Trump administration, it was thought regulators might be more relaxed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh
Nov 05, 2017 - 01:06
Houthi-run Saba News in Yemen reported that the missile was a Burkan H2 and that the airport had been the target. Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal Agencies Deliver Blunt Report on Human-Caused Climate Change
Nov 05, 2017 - 01:00
The release of the report is mandated by a 1990 law, and the White House didn't attempt to prevent its release. According to USA government researchers, climate change is putting the Earth in worse dire straits than ever.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Following US attack, Trump warns against the return of ISIS
Nov 05, 2017 - 00:58
He added: "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the awful crime he committed". "Mr. The attack killed five people from Argentina, one from Belgium and two Americans, authorities said.