Amazon products are usually launched in the US, and a limited number of European countries, meaning most people can’t purchase or use their devices without going through various hoops.
But the company has now launched a basic edition of their latest Fire TV stick 2016 sold in over 100 countries. Basic means it supports Amazon Alexa voice services, and you pay around $10 extra for the privilege. Apart from that it looks exactly the same.
Supported languages are still quite limited with Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English, and the company mentions people will have access to videos from Amazon Prime Video with “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″
Hardware looks the same with a quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of storage for apps and games. Network connectivity is achieved via 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the stick supports 1080p HEVC streaming, as well as Dolby Audio.
Fire TV Basic Edition can be purchased for $49.99 on Amazon US (and other Amazon local websites). Visit the Amazon link, and select your country to check whether the stick can be shipped there.
So I checked to see what price I would have to pay to get such device, and total price is $84.09 including a $13.12 import fees deposit. Amazon estimates no taxes would have to be collected, but I would likely be asked to pay 7% VAT. Unless Amazon somehow
bribed found an agreement with local authorities, I would also have to fly to the capital city to apply for a “broadcasting license” from a government entity (NBTC) in order for the package to go through customs. No thanks.