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Amazon Introduces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in Canada

Amazon Introduces the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in Canada

By Simon Hung

Amazon is looking to make Prime Video more accessible starting today, as the company has announced the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition -- a $49.99 streaming stick with native support for Prime Video!

Amazon Prime Video was launched in Canada almost one year ago and since then, there hasn’t been an easy way to stream content directly to a television. The streaming service is optimized for desktop browsers or mobile apps and there’s no native support on popular TV-connected devices like Roku or Apple TV, although an official tvOS app is coming soon.

This is the first Fire TV device to be introduced to the Canadian market and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is capable of streaming content from a variety of apps or services at up to 1080p resolution. The device features a quad-core processor, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, plugs directly into a TV via HDMI and comes with a tiny Fire TV Remote for navigation.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition also features a rich app library with over 4000 apps including popular services like Netflix, YouTube and Spotify, but the key selling point is the native support for Prime Video, which comes free with an Amazon Prime membership and includes exclusive titles like American Gods, The Grand Tour and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, coming in 2018..

Priced competitively and right in time for the holiday season, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now with free shipping to Canadian addresses. An Amazon Prime membership is not required to purchase, but only Prime members can access Prime Video titles on the device.

An Amazon Prime membership costs $79.99 per year and you can read our guide to see what it has to offer and find out if it's right for you.

39 Comments

    • Too bad i already have 6 of them @ $31.00Cad each from like 2 years ago. Almost double and 2 years late.
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    • Thanks OP. Ill give one a shot and see if it replaces my chromecast. :)
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    • user12340 wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 6:37 am
      Too bad i already have 6 of them @ $31.00Cad each from like 2 years ago. Almost double and 2 years late.
      Furthermore, the one I posted could possibly be limited in some way to Canadian content
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    • Nice, "just" in time for The Grand Tour!

      Wondering if they'll release other items from Fire TV line here soon?
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    • Is Amazon on crack, it looks like they are trying to get rid of their remaining 1st gen fire sticks (2014) to the Canadian market??
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    • they will be launching in Canada shortly.
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    • neonic wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 6:53 am
      Nice, "just" in time for The Grand Tour!

      Wondering if they'll release other items from Fire TV line here soon?
      Got excited about OP post but I just check both my FireTV and FireStick and Prime Video still not available. So if you want Prime Video, I would hold off on buying the firestick until/if Prime video ever works with the FireTV or Stick.
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    • gophia wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:08 am
      Got excited about OP post but I just check both my FireTV and FireStick and Prime Video still not available. So if you want Prime Video, I would hold off on buying the firestick until/if Prime video ever works with the FireTV or Stick.
      Is it that it's not there, or doesn't work? The description on the Amazon page, says Amazon prime customers can enjoy Amazon Prime video.
      Amazon Prime Video members get unlimited access to Prime Video, including original programming such as The Grand Tour, Man in the High Castle and American Gods.
      Also, how easy is it to put Kodi on this? Not that I need ANOTHER device, but for $50, if it runs Kodi well, and other apps, it may be worth it, considering I am sure Canucks will get the hose when a new gen is released. I am not familiar with the Amazon experience, using my Nexus player and Mi Boxes currently, but if it runs as smooth as those being a true TV device, it'd be worth a try.
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  • Tig
    • 62 viewers currently viewing this thread with no discount mentioned in the title...so obviously a lot of interest in this product. But with black Friday around the corner it may be better to wait a few weeks more
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    • Tig wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:18 am
      62 viewers currently viewing this thread with no discount mentioned in the title...so obviously a lot of interest in this product. But with black Friday around the corner it may be better to wait a few weeks more
      Hmmm, never thought about that... good point.. hopefully there's still stock.
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    • jackass_ca

      Prime Video works in Canada but on their FireTV or stick. The app is there and you can see all available titles but when you try to play a video its says not available in your location.
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    • RedStrikeCa wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 6:48 am
      Furthermore, the one I posted could possibly be limited in some way to Canadian content
      It will be by IP, If i use mine without VPN my Amazon videos are disabled but with VPN everything works. My prime account is a USA one and i'm not paying a extra $100.00 to get a Cad one.

      I only use my sticks for Kodi anyways.
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    • It's not the discount but the fact that Amazon has finally selling the FireStick in Canada.
      Tig wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:18 am
      62 viewers currently viewing this thread with no discount mentioned in the title...so obviously a lot of interest in this product. But with black Friday around the corner it may be better to wait a few weeks more
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    • They work reasonably well for the price - and it's possible (relatively easy) to load Kodi/Mobdro/Terrarium on them.
      The only downside is they tend to run relatively warm - some have complained that they overheat and start acting up - there are various mods floating around including aiming a fan at them, gluing a heat sink, taking off the outer plastic casing etc.
      One additional bonus BTW - it comes with Amazon "Alexa" built in - mic is in the remote.
      One other annoyance is the remote - when using Kodi you have to use the virtual on screen keyboard.
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    • gophia wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:22 am
      jackass_ca

      Prime Video works in Canada but on their FireTV or stick. The app is there and you can see all available titles but when you try to play a video its says not available in your location.
      So is it still a geolocation issue?
      I just read this...
      http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/07 ... dition-50/

      After seeing that Bestbuy US is selling the one with the Voice remote for $40, with exchange, you're right around the same price, if you get a chance to head stateside.
      I was only thinking of this for when I travel, having the stick easily plug into a hotel tv (if I can access it) to have Kodi etc. Currently just using a netbook, with hdmi cable, but this would be nicer. or I guess I could just start packing a Chromecast.
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    • Can't believe we're on the second page and nobody's mentioned Kodi yet....
      Do you have access to Google Play / Amazon Apps / Ability to sideload APK's on this thing?
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    • My new TV now runs Android on it, and has the Prime Video app so I'm fine now but I refused to buy this before because Amazon was being ridiculous with their policies on refusing to allow Chromecast users to use what they have.
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    • canuckistanian44 wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:36 am
      Can't believe we're on the second page and nobody's mentioned Kodi yet....
      Do you have access to Google Play / Amazon Apps / Ability to sideload APK's on this thing?
      I guess you missed the following post
      jackass_ca wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:17 am
      Also, how easy is it to put Kodi on this?
      And yes, its easy to install Kodi on AFTV, just follow the steps here -> http://www.aftvnews.com/kodi-version-17 ... d-devices/

      No Google Play, but you can sideload APKs easily by using the downloader app -> [removed]

      djino
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    • gophia wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:24 am
      It's not the discount but the fact that Amazon has finally selling the FireStick in Canada.
      But is this just an American Firestick, or has it been configured to work in Canada, ie, being able to use Prime Video app here, some are saying "not available" etc?
      Tempted to jump on it and try it, but would have preferred the Voice remote, love that feature on my MiBox. Was just in the US, could have grabbed the $40 Gen 2 with the Alexa remote... but still not sure how easy they are to configure for Canadian location.
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    • Tig wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:18 am
      62 viewers currently viewing this thread with no discount mentioned in the title...so obviously a lot of interest in this product. But with black Friday around the corner it may be better to wait a few weeks more
      I don't see how 62 viewers is significant.
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    • plymouthhater wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:26 am
      They work reasonably well for the price - and it's possible (relatively easy) to load Kodi/Mobdro/Terrarium on them.
      The only downside is they tend to run relatively warm - some have complained that they overheat and start acting up - there are various mods floating around including aiming a fan at them, gluing a heat sink, taking off the outer plastic casing etc.
      One additional bonus BTW - it comes with Amazon "Alexa" built in - mic is in the remote.
      One other annoyance is the remote - when using Kodi you have to use the virtual on screen keyboard.

      This appears to be the 1st gen firestick (2014), the remote is non-alexa. In regards to using the onscreen keyboard, you can download the apk file (not available on Canadian Play store) for the "Amazon Fire TV Remote" and you have a virtual keyboard on your smartphone.
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    • jackass_ca wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:52 am
      But is this just an American Firestick, or has it been configured to work in Canada, ie, being able to use Prime Video app here, some are saying "not available" etc?
      Tempted to jump on it and try it, but would have preferred the Voice remote, love that feature on my MiBox. Was just in the US, could have grabbed the $40 Gen 2 with the Alexa remote... but still not sure how easy they are to configure for Canadian location.

      I'm also curious if this is just a 1st gen stick or whether its specifically for the Canada market and TV Big Boys some how sweet talked amazon into putting in a custom version of their Fire OS that prevents one from installing Kodi.
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    • remik wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 7:59 am
      This appears to be the 1st gen firestick (2014), the remote is non-alexa. In regards to using the onscreen keyboard, you can download the apk file (not available on Canadian Play store) for the "Amazon Fire TV Remote" and you have a virtual keyboard on your smartphone.
      Also, there are bluetooth keyboards, or BT air mice with keyboard. I was lucky enough to get one of the cheap Microsoft wedge keyboards from Costco. Works great as a Bluetooth solution.
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    • Reminder to all - the latest generation Fire Stick will be discounted on Amazon.com with free shipping (if previous years are an indicator) on Black Friday which is almost upon us.
      For those in the GTA - ship to CBI.
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    • Would this be better or worse than a nexus player?
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    • remik wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:02 am
      I'm also curious if this is just a 1st gen stick or whether its specifically for the Canada market and TV Big Boys some how sweet talked amazon into putting in a custom version of their Fire OS that prevents one from installing Kodi.
      According to this article, it is a 2nd gen stick, with the dumbed down remote.
      http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/07 ... dition-50/

      SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, a streaming media player that provides simple and fast access to thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games. Starting today, the device will be available for purchase in more than 100 countries and territories around the world including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

      “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.

      Performance

      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.

      Easy Set-up and Use

      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.*

      Availability

      Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available for purchase today from Amazon.com and will begin shipping tomorrow to more than 100 countries around the world. It is available for purchase locally in Canada (Amazon.ca), France (Amazon.fr), Italy (Amazon.it), and Spain (Amazon.es). In addition, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition will be coming soon to Brazil and Mexico.

      For a full list of countries and territories where the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is sold, please visit: www.amazon.com/firetvstickbasicedition.

      *Content availability varies by country.
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    • I bought a second gen firestick about 2 months ago and it was already loaded up with Terrarium/mobdo etc.
      Best thing for me is it turned my old 40 inch Bravo into a smart tv. This gives me great options in my bedroom
      as a second tv as the kids always have the big tv.
      Has worked great so far, no lagging/buffering, or very little.
      Automatic updates is a big plus over my original firebox.
      all in all very happy with it. May consider cancelling my videotron!!!
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    • Damn, just looking at the apps available from Amazon itself and like how many there are... many more available than on my AndroidTV, without sideloading, etc.
      Tempted... then I look at the 3rd gen, and like what I see, and wonder also what BF will bring...
      If this had the voice remote, it would be an easy jump for me.
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  • Tig
    • jackass_ca wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:21 am
      Damn, just looking at the apps available from Amazon itself and like how many there are... many more available than on my AndroidTV, without sideloading, etc.
      Tempted... then I look at the 3rd gen, and like what I see, and wonder also what BF will bring...
      If this had the voice remote, it would be an easy jump for me.
      The Target.com BF deal that was just leaked has the Firestick with Alexa listed at $24.99. I believe that Target US ships to Canada...and there are always decent cross border shipping options available.
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  • rui
    • Is it the 1st gen?If so,WTF.
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    • Tig wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:28 am
      The Target.com BF deal that was just leaked has the Firestick with Alexa listed at $24.99. I believe that Target US ships to Canada...and there are always decent cross border shipping options available.
      Yeah, saw that too... may have to do the same and see if I can scoop it online. The price to ship to Canada with duties etc, adds about $20 or more. but still as cheap as this one, shipped to my door.
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    • Wiseman wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:06 am
      Would this be better or worse than a nexus player?
      Worse .. until Amazon FireTV is supported in Canada at least, then it could be a toss up, depending on what you intend to use on it.
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    • Terrible deal if it is the first Gen stick. Also I hope Amazon would support Prime Video here the way they do in other countries where this is sold. Having to use the Prime Video app is unacceptable.
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    • Wrocky wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:38 am
      Worse .. until Amazon FireTV is supported in Canada at least, then it could be a toss up, depending on what you intend to use on it.
      I was just assuming since they are entering into this market they would allow support for users in other countries.
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    • 8008135 wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:58 am
      Terrible deal if it is the first Gen stick. Also I hope Amazon would support Prime Video here the way they do in other countries where this is sold. Having to use the Prime Video app is unacceptable.
      It's a second gen stick.
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    • Lol the older fire stick and still no echo devices, while US has over 6 models now lol.

      With kodi and the right apps though, its worth it.
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    • jackass_ca wrote:
      Nov 7th, 2017 8:59 am
      It's a second gen stick.
      Have you actually seen it or just going off what you have read?
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    • "The year-old 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick is powered by the quad-core Mediatek 8127D at 1.3 GHz, accompanied with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. It can decode H.265 video, and supports Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. The "new" Basic Edition has identical technical specs, and identical physical specs—both are 1.1 oz (32.0 g) and 3.4” x 1.2” x 0.5” (85.9 mm x 30.0 mm x 12.6 mm).

      The "new" Basic Edition has a different remote compared to the 2nd Generation, it lacks the Alexa voice control integration. The remote itself, though, is actually the remote from the 1st Generation Fire TV Stick. So far, there's a whole lot of "Basic," but no "new" to be found. The product page does not specify the Fire OS version, though the 2nd generation stick is stuck on Fire OS 5, based on the three-year-old Android Lollipop.

      For unknown reasons, the Basic Edition is $49.99 while the 2nd generation debuted at $39.99. If you feel like paying $10 more to not have Alexa, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now."

      Source
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    • Wish they'd just release the Prime Video app for Roku in Canada..
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