Amazon’s Fire TV Stick officially debuts in Australia

Amazon’s launch in Australia didn’t didn't bring the company’s most popular products with it; the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo smart speakers are set to arrive on Aussie shores only in 2018. However, the AmazonBasics range of accessories, like cables, was available at launch and the online retail giant has brought over the first Fire TV device to shores Down Under.

Amazon is officially selling its Fire TV Stick dongle streamer in Australia, albeit just the Basic Edition. This means it won’t stream in 4K – for that, you'll need the premium 4K-enabled Amazon Fire TV, which isn't yet available on the Aussie website.

The Fire TV Stick does all the basics – you can stream Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube, plus get access to over 4,000 apps and games.

The media player features a quad-core processor and 1GB of memory for smooth functionality, as well as 8GB of storage, in case you’d like to download TV shows and movies for watching offline. It is Wi-Fi enabled and streams in 1080p resolution.

Like the Chromecast, the Fire TV Stick plugs into your TV via an HDMI port. To set up, simply connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network, feed in your Amazon account details, and you should be all set to stream.

The Fire TV Stick is available to purchase right now for $69 on Amazon Australia.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing camera kits or the latest in e-paper tablets, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She's also the Australian Managing Editor of Digital Camera World and, if that wasn't enough, she contributes to T3 and Tom's Guide, while also working on two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under.