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#224217 8-Nov-2017 05:42
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Starting today, Amazon is making its new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition available for purchase in more than 100 countries and territories around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

 

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is a streaming media player that provides simple and fast access to thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games. 

 

“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,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”

 

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition provides customers with access to popular content from multiple providers, including Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video members will get unlimited access to critically acclaimed shows like The Tick, American Gods, and The Man in the High Castle as well as The Grand Tour Season 2, premiering December 8, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, coming in 2018.

 

The streaming media player comes with a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory for a fast and fluid streaming experience, as well as 8 GB of storage for apps and games. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and offers support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for great 1080p HD streaming. Customers can also enjoy rich cinematic surround sound with Dolby Audio.

 

The device easily connects to your HDTV’s HDMI port. Simply plug it in, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes. Plus, the portable design allows customers to watch their favorite shows even while away from home.

 





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Does that mean they we might get some of the local conten producers to develop local apps?  Certainy hope so. 





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  #1897321 8-Nov-2017 09:04
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I hope this thing is way faster than the old one I had. Gave up on that one and bought the box with ethernet.   Wonder if you can change the DNS to access US Amazon  content??





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  #1897365 8-Nov-2017 10:24
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What time today is this supposed to kick in? I'm still getting the same old "your device location settings may be incorrect or unsupported" rubbish. After a fair bit of discussion with their CSR's a wee while ago, they said the Fire TV boxes and sticks were only supported in a few countries. Video streaming works fine on my mobile devices, but still isn't a go on either of my AFT devices so I'm picking that, despite this announcement, support still isn't actually there.

 

Edit: Video streaming works on my computers too.


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  #1897368 8-Nov-2017 10:28
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Dratsab:

 

What time today is this supposed to kick in? I'm still getting the same old "your device location settings may be incorrect or unsupported" rubbish. After a fair bit of discussion with their CSR's a wee while ago, they said the Fire TV boxes and sticks were only supported in a few countries. Video streaming works fine on my mobile devices, but still isn't a go on either of my AFT devices so I'm picking that, despite this announcement, support still isn't actually there.

 

 

 

 

you are looking at the 1st gen fire stick right ?


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  #1897415 8-Nov-2017 10:48
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Yep - so I'm picking I'm stuffed unless I buy the basic edition. I'd imagine releasing a firmware upgrade for existing devices would be seen as a revenue losing option.




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  #1897423 8-Nov-2017 11:01
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If you reset your TV stick and bring it over I could assign it to my account and see if it makes any difference... We will then know it's an account problem or not.





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  #1897426 8-Nov-2017 11:05
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Just got off a chat with their support. They tried claiming the older models were hardwired to work in the US only. When I pointed out that other services, such as Netflix, streamed perfectly well so it wouldn't be a 'hardwired' issue they said "it's just the way the developers coded the older devices."

 

I'll just carry on as per normal not consuming their services then. Nothing changes so no biggie.


 
 
 
 


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  #1897429 8-Nov-2017 11:06
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freitasm: If you reset your TV stick and bring it over I could assign it to my account and see if it makes any difference... We will then know it's an account problem or not. 

 

Cheers, I'll PM you to arrange.


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  #1898133 9-Nov-2017 10:32
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How did the test go on the first edition of the Fire TV stick?


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  #1898356 9-Nov-2017 14:39
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I'm not able to access NZ Amazon video content with my Fire TV Stick (Alexa version). It's a bummer as I only recently purchased the TV Stick, wish I'd known the Basic was on the way.


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  #1898499 9-Nov-2017 19:47
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PhillyG:

 

I'm not able to access NZ Amazon video content with my Fire TV Stick (Alexa version). It's a bummer as I only recently purchased the TV Stick, wish I'd known the Basic was on the way.

 

 

Interesting. Which region do you have your device loaded as?

 

I'd love to hear from someone who buys the Basic who can confirm if there is an option for regions outside of the normal FireTV Devices.





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  #1898503 9-Nov-2017 20:01
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If its released for NZ then we can buy and use out of the box with no DNS messing around? So as we can get all the usual suspects video, how good is Amazon video? Is there a way to see, fort non subscribers what is available in NZ?


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tdgeek:

If its released for NZ then we can buy and use out of the box with no DNS messing around? So as we can get all the usual suspects video, how good is Amazon video? Is there a way to see, fort non subscribers what is available in NZ?



I've got it set to New Zealand and I set the device location to New Zealand as well. I can use if I use a VPN and set location to US, but then Netflix keeps getting blocked. Looks like I'll have to buy the basic to get the functionality I'm after.

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  #1898519 9-Nov-2017 20:44
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So it's more expensive than a standard stick with less features, but ships to NZ. Amazing!




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  #1898666 10-Nov-2017 09:48
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tdgeek:

 

If its released for NZ then we can buy and use out of the box with no DNS messing around? So as we can get all the usual suspects video, how good is Amazon video? Is there a way to see, fort non subscribers what is available in NZ?

 

 

Like Netflix, content availability differs based on region. Not all movies or TV series are available in NZ. I use a Fire TV with a DNS service, and have an Amazon US account to get full content.





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