Shield with remote and controller for $239.2 is the good price.
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Great find OP. Thanks!
New Nvidia Shield TV
- smaller dongle-based form-factor as opposed to the mini-console style
- updated version of the Tegra X1 chipset
- Android Pie
- "Wi-Fi 5" 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Can also download Pie on current system. I really wished I did not update from stock though. Every update breaks something that was working just fine. For those upgrading to 8 - make sure you go straight to 8.0.1.
I still cant believe this piece of tech that is now 4+ years old is leaps and bounds ahead of other streaming devices.
This. I think my Shield is the best tech purchase that I have ever owned.
I was gonna buy this but then someone mentioned the Vodafone tv and I'm very happy with it especially the price.
@bardlee: App store is very limited for Vodafone TV. For eg: Amazon Prime is not supported and you have to sideload. I did that, but the app is broken now! Also side loading 3rd party apps from random links is a security risk
@bobz79: I do youtube, abciview and sbs on demand and kodi for everything else with it.
@bardlee: I'm the same, until it transcode bunch of plex movies I have, and now I'm considering nvidia shield (although not too keen with its remote, looks sleek but too sleek to use, I think….)
Yeah, mine's years old and is still my favourite loungeroom purchase ever, and no signs of needing an upgrade. Even if you only occasionally watch shows/movies it'd be difficult to have any buyer's remorse with a Shield. It's so nice compared to everything else (other android boxes/apple/nuc/htpc/chromecast/etc). This was NOT a paid endorsement, haha.
I kept looking for reasons to buy one a while ago but i struggled.
I've got Plex app, Netflix and Amazon Prime apps built into my tv (LG 4K OLED). Only thing that's not is AnimeLab which i use my PS4 for.
Any use case you'd actually recommend it for outside of the above? I feel like i must be missing something, or just due to my TV it's not beneficial and i'm lucky due to the TV purchase i made.
@jpw007: Same question. I'm wondering what this offers say over a Vodafone TV? The only reason I had ever been considering one of those is for Foxtel Go.
Geforce Now is not aval anymore with the console..you have to apply for a wait list to hopefully get it when a space opens up according to Nvidia support..
So you cant play steam games as it is advertised on the box.
Returned it and got a Voda Tv for streaming…
Hope this helps..
@Jozimozi: Play steam games through a full mirror of the PC with NVIDA GPU or even easier steam big picture mode works fine?
@yacman: Im.aware of dif options but never the less, geforce now is not avail..sooo voda tv does the same stuff for 72bucks..
@Bullion78: You can run foxtel go on kodi. I too don't see any brnefit over the cheap voda tv
@jpw007: The only thing Ive thrown on it is retroarch and kayo and GeForce now for streaming pc games. If you can live with the PS4 interface and the better half lets you keep your games console next to the TV there is really no reason to grab one.
@pw2002au: Thanks, i'll prob give it a pass then. I llike the idea of emulation but realistically if i'd use it is another question…I'd like to revisit Zelda OoT & MM but i'm holding out hope it comes to switch (which seems to be the only thing i can play these days!)
@jpw007: One reason you'd want it is the shield can direct play pretty much all media from Plex, whereas the lg Plex app will need to transcode (hard on cpu)
@Timothy-1: Oh, got ya. I've got a dedicated PC i use as a NAS/Plex Server so i guess that isn't an issue, otherwise i probably would have a solid use if i didnt. Maybe if that NAS ever dies it'll be a good replacement
@Timothy-1: Does it transcode if you connect NS to 5GHz wifi network? or does it need the lan connection?
@jpw007: I have a 65 lg c7. This is 10x quicker than the built in apps. Far superior.
I use an Android app called Wako along with a Real Debrid subscription to stream cached torrents directly to Kodi on my mibox. Works brilliantly. Wako has a very nice UI.
I am thinking of upgrading to the shield as the cache for buffering is a bit small on the mibox and is not suitable for 4k streaming.
My neighbour's ferrari is leaps & bounds ahead of my VW.
Does it actually make a difference, meh.
Bit of a skewed analogy as most people aren't just comparing the speed and performance of a TV/media box, but more so the practicality, functionality, and longevity. Better cars for your analogy would be say comparing a 2004 2-door Kia to a new Toyota Camry. A "Ferrari" of media devices would be something impractical like a NUC with 128GB RAM sitting in a Louis Vuitton handbag.
@jenna12: … And that's your opinion. Cool.
"Most people" are just streaming. And a model like MiBox3 will do it with ease, without the huge price increase.
This is a niche kodi box.
@AssangesCat: … And you're still missing the point. Cool.
@jenna12: A tangent created to form a "point" was of no relevance to the previous conversation.
@AssangesCat: Yes, I agree that is a very accurate analysis of the weak analogy you attempted to make.
@jenna12: "no you are"
Wow, you really have hit rocket bottom.
Your parents must be proud.
Women might see it differently ;)
@raybies: Women didn't like that comment
Agree. Anyone who loves mucking about with streaming and downloading, loves the Shield. People who know I'm a tech head are always asking what's the best streamer and I always recommend the Shield.
Is the one listed the new one or old one?
Old. New one not out yet
Still all speculation isn't it? They have to come out with something new soon though…
This is still a good deal.
This is a good deal
Was waiting for a sub $180 on the player + remote because plex on my xbox doesn't pass through atmos
Should be able to get rid of the controller for ~$80 so $160 not too bad pulled the trigger
really controller goes for $80?
Cheapest I can see is $89 through online shops (mvwave, kogan etc.), $96 on ebay
This is a great price as it comes with a Controller. I got the controller bundle last year for $319…
Got it for 220 with controller from Wireless1 last year (probably the cheapest so far) but didn't like it. Will wait for new Apple TV cause it now supports controllers to play with Apple Arcade games.
android vs apple
I've got an LG OLED TV with all the streaming services built in, and an Alienware Alpha gaming PC plugged into the TV. Is there any reason I need an NVIDIA Shield? It sounds lovely but I don't think it offers me anything I haven't already got!
How could the OP know your specific setup
You've got me wrong. I was legitimately asking, as the device interests me. Not being critical of the OP!
Your LG TV OS is going to crawl in 6 months or 1 year. Then you will need Shield ;-)
Some streaming sites have restrictions when watching on a computer, so you need something like this for 4K!
Shield doubles up as a mini gaming console too
No use for a shield unless you want to move your computer away from the TV
or to save some electricity
To satisfy ur GAS.
Well. I'm still waiting for player without controller deal. Will buy PS4 dualshock controller instead.
Auto refresh rate switching is now available for all apps on the Shield via the new Refresh Rate tool:
For someone who is getting their delivery today, what does this do? Match the HDMI output refresh rate to… the app providing the video?
It automatically adjusts your TVs refresh rate to match the frame rate of the video content being played, to eliminates video judder (this doesn't affect everyone though - only a small percentage of the population notice / are affected by the judder).
Good explanation here:
hmmm so tempted as an upgrade to the Xiaomi Mi3 box..
Can these power a USB 1tb Hard drive (Toshiba) without a Y-Cable?
How is Gamecube on Dolphin Android running of these things?
And is it worth keeping the controller if I have a PS4 controller?
Mouse is hovering over the BIN button :D
I've never had an issue with any HDD hooked up that is USB only.
Gamecube emulation … the same as any other android emulator a bit ho hum … Im old enough that mame and snes still excite me :p
The controller is useful but feels pretty average coming from an xbox or ps4 controller. Its definitely more integrated though with volume options.
Cheers! Can it read an NTFS formatted hard drive?
I haven't invested a tonne of time into Gamecube emulation, but I've found some games work okay and others not great. I couldn't get Mario Kart to work, but Wind Waker ran pretty decently.
3D games do begin to make the machine struggle compared to PC emulation, though. I like the controller but it does seem to have a problem with stick misalignment.
Honestly though I LOVE my Shield. I have Steam Link for modern games, Plex for TV/movies & Arc Browser for emulation all running on it and it's fantastic. Not to mention all the other standard apps like Twitch, Youtube etc which run well.
Thanks guys! Ordered 🎮
if you want emulation then get an old wii u. it will run 99.9% of gamecube games perfect
Already got :D ha ha, another deal from here! It's just not plugged into my main TV.
I've been using my shield happily for the past year but only recently discovered the ability for local IPTV channels and EPG to be integrated using Live Channels. It's works amazingly well and means I don't need to rely on a dodgy aerial
Thought it was worth flagging as it works amazingly well.
Thanks - something to try out over the weekend!
Thanks mate - always thought live channels would be a bit more than just movie trailers. Installed this app last night and works like a charm. Thank you
Glad it worked for you :)
Hi, is this worth getting or waiting for the next version to land? I'm genuinely curious. I have a Chromecast. Does this offer up more features?
Rumour is there are two new models being released in the near future, with the second one being a dongle / streaming stick with an SD card instead of USB, and likely cheaper (and new Shields mean the current one should go for cheaper too):
Does this play 4K HDR MKV files on a HDR television?
Yes, I use it with my Synology NAS over a network. Crushes 4k and doesn't miss a beat. That's the reason why I bought this thing. Other 4k MKV players are garbage compared to this beast!
I've trying to decide on this vs apple 4k tv for a streaming device from a synology NAS. I think it seems 50/50 split depending on which websites I read reviews on.
need a new tv first as i'm using sonos and my current tv doesn't have hdmi-arc :(
There are so many more pros of the Shield over the Apple TV IMO:
USB for expandable storage / local media playback / TV tuner / peripherals
Superior app support - eg: Kodi (espcially Foxtel Go and Now add-ons), Spotify, HDHomerun
Superior gaming support
Superior PVR / Live TV support
24Hz and 60Hz support
Main pro of the Apple TV over the Shield is support for Dolby Vision and Atmos for a few online streaming services.
@kirt: thanks for the detailed response. half of the points aren't applicable to my current usage or expected future usage but better to have the option for future proofing.
audio passthrough is hopefully smart enough to work it all out with the sonos. I have had enough trying to sort that kind of thing out with a HTPC/PotPlayer recently.
I run mine using KODI. Simple download from Gogole Play store. No need to be a genius to set up and like I said I haven't found anything it won't play. So I'm happy and have two of these at home. Other great thing is remote works over HDMI so if you run a long HDMI cord into another room, it'll work with the remote.
I suspect has to be gigabit lan? How about 5GHz Wifi?
Waiting for under $200. Probably wishful thinking.
I thought the new gen is coming out soon?
Yeah same. Last year the price dropped to $170 around November. Hoping for a repeat.
Does this have a web browser? I'm interested but i currently use some reddit streams for certain sports which are all browser based links. I assume there is something that can access them and if the streamer is mobile device compatible it will work through this (android).
Yes if you check on YouTube there is a guide on how to install it easily enough. If you go that route, get the Logitech Keyboard / mouse K600 I think which let's you use it easy enough. Can buy at JB
Surely all Android TV boxes, even the most basic, have a web browser? My $80 one does, and any apps I want I can simply download from the Google Play store.
My only gripe is that on the remote my microphone stopped working after a few months. Looking at getting a USB mike, but hard to find cheap compatible one. The remote is a pretty cool feature as it can use Plex, whereas google home can't (without additional services).
Or maybe try to give their support shot. You can contact them via https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/support/
Last time B button on my controller stuck and I had to RMA it. They asked me to return it and sent me another one from Hongkong in about 6 working days.
Wouldn't it be easier just getting a replacement under warranty?
Here you go
Thanks for like $20 that's worth a shot!
Here's link on Australian Amazon ($20.99 with Prime):
Or, if you prefer Bluetooth replacement remote for your Shield, try these. I bought both the BT and USB versions of this one - both are very good AND have extra features that original Nvidia remote lacks e.g. power button . Also, only around $10 delivered, as I recall, and, they don't use those expensive button batteries in the Shield remote - these use AAA
@Titus Afishes: Thanks! Got one of these instead.
@Titus Afishes: Just noticed nvidia shield remote is not as good as vodafone tv one, I wonder whether you can use vtv one with nvidia shield…
@televisi: Sorry, don't know anything about vodafone tv. However, I do know that the Xiaomi bluetooth remote doesn't work on Shield.
Code wont' be accepted, what am I doing wrong?
Can you watch FTA TV on this or do you need to add a TV tuner card?
I have a Vodafone TV connected to the projector and it does the job but is not great.
There's no input for FTA TV.
You can watch FTA with it, but you do need a tuner. In my case I use a HDHomerun which is rock solid. Not cheap though.
Watching all the FTA’s through the live channel app as explained by Stratbargain few posts above - I’m not using a tuner. There maybe some differences between the 2 - but I’m happy without spending the extra $$
Dang it - bought it a week ago for about $15 more than this! Sigh. On a side note, interesting that the thing doesn't come with either ethernet or hdmi cables. The $72 Vodafone TV however comes with both…..
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