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"Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available to customers globally, and today, we're building on that momentum as we introduce Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to new customers around the world", Amazon fire TV vice president Marc Whitten said.

Amazon unveiled an worldwide version of its Fire TV stick Tuesday that is supposed to help with the adoption of its Prime Video service around the world.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available for purchase today on local Amazon sites in Canada, France, Italy, and Spain, with Brazil and Mexico coming soon. The main difference is that the United States version comes with an Alexa remote that can take voice commands, while the Basic Edition has, well, a basic remote.

Amazon's full version of the Fire Stick TV does have 4K but it costs US$70 and does not ship to New Zealand.

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As rumours continue to swirl that Amazon Australia will officially launch in time for Black Friday, there are some interesting clues to be found in Amazon's launch strategy for its latest product: the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. Customers can set their default language to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

The product push expands on last year's global launch of Amazon Prime Video and helps the company get its low-priced devices in more hands. Then you can stream Prime Video, Netflix, TV shows, movies, and more.

The Fire TV Stick is a media streaming dongle that plugs into your TV's HDMI port (think Chromecast or Apple TV).

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. It features a quad-core processor, 1GB of memory and 8GB of local storage with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HEVC and Dolby Audio. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 Dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.

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