It offers support for Dolby Audio and provides "great 1080p streaming", Amazon said.

What has changed is the Basic Edition's remote, which no longer has the Alexa voice control integration that the previous generation's remote included.

Some big news for Canadians, as Amazon.ca has launched their new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in Canada and beyond, priced at $49.99 CAD (it's priced at $49.99 in the US). This version of the Fire TV Stick does not include Amazon's digital brain Alexa because the virtual assistant is not available globally.

The small streaming media player connects to an HDTV's HDMI port; just plug it in, connect it to Wi-Fi, and you'll be streaming from services like Amazon Video, Netflix, and YouTube in no time. 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 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.

The Fire Stick TV can be also used to stream music and games and, unlike Google's Chromecast which is operated by a smartphone, it comes with a remote.

For the new "basic" model, Amazon is proclaiming that it will be available in more than 100 countries around the world. "This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can't wait to hear what customers think". Users can also set the stick's default menu language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 United States dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.

The new Basic Edition of the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Amazon is selling the new version for $50 on Amazon.com, and shipping it to over 100 countries.


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