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Nvidia SHIELD TV Pro 16GB 4K Streaming Media Player $369, Nvidia Shield 2019 $249 Shipped @ Shopping Express

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Normal version $249 inc free freight also.

See https://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/Nvidia-shield-TV-Pro-4K-2...

Normal Price is $289.95 / $399.95 and rarely goes on sale.

Purchased just now. Limit 2.

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    • +14

      Much faster, better picture, better sound, more powerful, more storage, better support, better for games, networking, etc. VTV is a very good basic box for the price, while the Shield is for enthusiasts and home theatre buffs who want auto frame rate matching, excellent upscaling, Dolby Vision, Atmos etc for high quality output and processing power to handle anything.

      A more relevant question is what is the difference between this and the Apple TV.

      • +2

        Yeah the Shield is more in the same league as the Apple TV 4K.

        I miss the days of the older model being on sale for $169 though.

        • PLEX
        • Yes, it's true that you can run PLEX server on Nvidia Shield. However, it only makes sense to install PLEX on a server with a large storage pool, like NAS.

          In my case, PLEX is running on a FreeNAS server with 40TB of WD Shucked storage.
          Thanks OZB and Amazon ;-)

      • No game controller included, right?

        • Correct

      • +5

        Concur about Kodi, you need like a science degree to add a source from your network.

        • I've found Kodi easy to setup and intuitive to use. No issues with network shares except in the Xbox One version where it wont let me browse my network. Having to type in the shared path was a PITA

          Through Android TV, PC and a Raspberry Pi it was as simple as clicking add a location, then browsing my network and adding the folder.

          It has been over 15 years with XBMC and now Kodi though. Has been my go to media player since the Homebrew app on the Original Xbox. So maybe not intuitive so much as familiar.

  • +3

    if you're looking for a ShieldTV, this is the best price. Shield has awesome upscaling technology that seems to work really well.

    I've bought it for a laser projector. Also has Dolby Vision and Atmos, and Gaming.

  • The Pro version was out of stock in the past few weeks, hopefully there will be more deals on it from now on.

  • +2

    So glad that I bought mine back when it cost $208 imported to Aus from Amazon US.

    • Got mine for about 230$ (Aussie version)

      • +1

        Not for that price you didn't, unless it was second hand. The previous model was $230, maybe.

        And surely, t3chshopper, you mean US$208. Bargain gazumping is boring at the best of times, downright annoying when it's misleading.

        • https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/525895

          Previous Futu Online deal

          • +8

            @Bugzbunny: Oops. My apologies. I just assume everyone buys the Shield Pro. Think I'll downvote my own shitty comment.

            • @sepa: Wanted to buy a PRO myself… but it was just too expensive… besides i dont really use it for gaming or PLEX … so very happy with the Base model

            • +2

              @sepa: I'm the same way and am thinking how did I miss the pro for $230, till I clicked on the link!

    • what version was that? Does it have the upscaling?

    • When I ordered mine in Jan this year it was $211.41 US including delivery which worked out to $340.78 Aus

  • +4

    Anyone local selling the new Shield remote? It works with the earlier models, and is cheap to buy from Nvidia, but they don't ship here.

    It's USD$29.99, but I can't find any local options below AUD$100.

    • +2

      Have been waiting for it for a good price too. The original remote isn't great and most generic remotes aren't either.

      • See I just use my normal tv remote because it's compatible and I'm lazy to find the much smaller remote. Would you say 2019 model remote Is a good upgrade from a standard Hisense tv remote?

        • Yeah there is the option of just using the TV's own remote, but it's not very responsive (in my case). And if someone presses the wrong button, it will switch to a TV channel or the TV's own Netflix, which is annoying.

      • Yeah, the new one looks great.

        The kids broke the last genuine one and the generic one I bought to replace it, so I'm reluctant to pay $100 for a new one.

      • Also waiting for the new remote for my old shield.

      • I bought this one and haven't had any issues with it.

        https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/122433751378

        • There weren't any "issues" with my third party remote either. It just didn't feel…good.

    • Anyone know where to get a spare AUS power supply?

    • +1

      My experience with the new remote is that it's pretty flimsy, the smallest drop shook it enough to dislodge something inside of it and now it rattles. As far as features go it's nothing special and the remote app is probably better thanks to the keyboard function.

  • Has anyone got one of these and been able to side load Foxtel Go on it? If so was easy enough to do, and is the user experience alright? I'm sick of using my old laptop to watch Foxtel Go on the TV.

    • +3

      The Shield natively supports the Foxtel app, which you can log in with using your satellite / cable details if you have Multiroom or Multiscreen:

      https://www.foxtel.com.au/support/products-and-features/the-...

      If you don't have Multiroom or Multiscreen, you can use the Foxtel Go Kodi add-on:

      https://www.matthuisman.nz/2019/05/foxtel-go-kodi-add-on.htm...

    • +1

      Foxtel Go is designed for phones and tablets, and Foxtel blocks output from a TV box. I managed to get it working on an old, rooted android 7.1 box by running Magisk with a bunch of fixes, but no point now - the Kodi addon is way easier and better.

      • Thanks guys. Is the user experience good with the Kodi add-on?

        • +2

          Yep - you can set it up with a grid guide / EPG too, which works well.

        • Kodi with kodiplexconnect and binge skin is simply the best. My shield is better than any netflix.

    • Yep. Kodi add on, done.

  • Has anyone paired this with a TV tuner and have it set up 'smoothly'? I'm meaning like 'Live Channels' seamless set up, like in Voda TV.

    • I'm interested in this too…

      Was thinking a homerun or something

    • +3

      I have been trialling Plex and a HDHomerun over the past few months, with the idea of replacing my Fetch TV.

      It's not quite as intuitive for the wife and kids, but it has been stable and reliable.

      Another option is to stream Freeview using one of Matts add-ons (which come with an EPG), then rely on the FTA catchup apps for on-demand (you can also stream live TV through all of them now too):

      https://www.matthuisman.nz/2017/08/au-freeview-kodi-add-on.h...

      https://www.matthuisman.nz/2019/02/iptv-merge-kodi-add-on.ht...

      https://www.matthuisman.nz/2017/08/kodi-freeview-au-iptv-set...

      • Yeah that's what I'd call 'not smooth'. Voda TV you can get the HD channels and flick to Live Channels with a remote control short-cut. Starting Plex, then going to Live TV sounds a pain (all things are relative!) when live TV is the 'lazy' option. This problem is somewhat unique to me, as my TV's aerial socket is screwed.

        • The shield has a live tv app too if you don't want to flick to plex or kodi. Literally a couple of button clicks. In kodi you can just pull up the side menu to switch between your shows/movies/livetv.

          • @dmbminaret: So, if you did have a TV tuner plugged in, you could literally launch an app from the home screen straight into live TV? i.e. not through Plex or Kodi?

            • +1

              @a22andrew: No it's internet streamed

            • +1

              @a22andrew: Yep, just stick the Live Channels app or the HDHomerun app in your favorites and go straight into that with one button press. Channel changing is up and down.

            • +1

              @a22andrew: Check out the TiviMate app.
              It's the ducks nuts.

              I've got my IPTV provider details configured in it, but you can also connect it to an external tuner or server (eg tvheadend).

          • +1

            @dmbminaret: Or have live tv load by default

      • I use this for the little FTA that I may watch and works flawlessly.

    • +1

      I use my Beyonwiz STB to stream FTA to Kodi apps around my house. The major issue I have is i cant time shift from the Kodi boxes. I havent used it, but I think the HD Homerun would be better and less complex than the Beyonwiz. The Beyonwiz does work well and has heaps of features.

    • +1

      Sure. I have a HDHomerun on my network, it works great. Shield has its own "Live Channels" app, HDHomerun has its own app, or you can use Plex. Plex I have found sometimes has little artifacts but the other two apps are indistinguishable from over the air TV. Plex has a ton of DVR features and if you pay, HD Homerun's app has some DVR features as well.

      • Perfect, thanks.

  • I got the pro on preiovus harvey norman deal @ $350 + delivery. It works great (plex server etc).

    Any one have any issues w/ shopping express? they reliable?

    • No issues personally, and fast shipping, at least in Sydney

    • they're great.

  • +1

    tempted to upgrade my 2017 for the upscaling….

    • it looks impressive

    • +5.0 Bluetooth look to be the biggest upgrades.

  • +1

    thanks, great deal!

  • Would this allow me to add additional storage and have it act like a PVR, like those who have a Foxtel IQ box?

    I have a Plex server but it doesn't have a tv tuner and/or easy access to an aerial connection to do it.

    • +2

      @kirt may be able to answer this better, but my understanding is that with Plex Pass and a HDHomerun this could be achieved.

      • +1

        Correct. Or use the internet m3u with the links above.

      • +1

        That's my setup, recording to a SD card on the Shield TV; the TV guide from www.xmltv.net updates nightly on the Plex Server and has been working well. I had issues with signal quality initially as HDHomeRun is more sensitive than my previous Topfield PVR but that's sorted. Just note that the HDHomeRun needs a wired ethernet connection. The Shield works fine over wireless 5G but I connected both to a switch in the end. I only committed to Plex after they revamped the TV guide, which is now great. I now use Plex on the Shield to play media from my NAS too, and have no more need for Kodi.

        • Where can you get a HDHomeRun for an affordable price in Australia? They also seem to be $750+.If that's the case, grabbing a shield pro and recording to that may be a cheaper way to go, but it would be kinda annoying, as I already run a Plex server on my NAS.

          • @askgadgetguy: I got mine from videodesk last year. https://videodesk.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=Hdhomerun+

            Prices have gone up since a year ago. My NAS is too underpowered to run Plex server but it has been stable install on the 2017 Shield.

            • @viirgon: Looks like $288 for the 2 tuner one (Connect Duo), pending stock. It is quite a bit on top of the shield cost.

              • +1

                @a22andrew: Yes expensive. I got it for $165 + delivery at last year's EOFY sale on videodesk's eBay store. The 4 tuner version was definitely less than $288!

                • +1

                  @viirgon: Yeah the duo and quatro (i.e. 4 tuner) are $288 and $433, respectively! :(

                  • @askgadgetguy: Too crazy. I would monitor prices and wait for a significant sale.

  • +1

    couldnt resist. Thanks Op

  • Can someone give me a tldr of why I should get one of these over an apple tv? Just bought a nice new hisense q8 but want to avoid the software they have.

    • +1

      Advantages of Shield over Apple TV - expandable storage, audio passthrough, superior remote, better app support (eg: Foxtel, Kodi, HDHomerun), better Plex experience (supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, AI upscaling, has resolution switching, can run Plex server), better upscaling, supports interactive Netflix content, YouTube 4k, inbuilt ChromeCast, true 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps support etc:

      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/532159#comment-8597781

    • Infuse Pro app + Apple TV 4K= win. No need to run a Plex server just point it at a NAS share and you’re good to go. YouTube 4K supported on TvOS 14. Apple TV cheaper.

      • Same thing really with the Shield….just an extra step having to sideload the Plex Media Server, once it's up, set and forget.

        I run PMS on the Shield, and point it to my SMB share on my NAS.

        Works perfectly, even for 4K stuff, all over wifi.

    • Do you own mostly Android or Apple?

  • For a hot second I thought this was a TV with nvidia shield software/features built in. Weird naming choice, but I guess Apple TV is the same and I didn't think that was an actual TV either…
    Just waxing philosophical here… Thanks OP.

  • +3

    Feels like a lot considering I paid like $180 for my 2017 shield, basically equivalent to the Pro.

    • My 2017 Shield still working fine - no reason to upgrade other than to replace the Shield Remote when it is available locally at a reasonable price.

      • I am tempted by the apparently excellent 4k AI upscaling, but that alone isn't worth the price.

  • Cheaper to import a 4k firestick from states.

    • AU prime doesn't work on US 4k firestick- you have to sideload it and then the sideloaded app doesn't output atmos, etc. Shield also supports atmos on Netflix as does ATV 4k, firestick doesn't.

  • +2

    Apart from the smaller size, wouldn't an Xbox One X be a better deal? It can stream but also play 4K discs. It can even stream games to a PC.

    • Wow, you're right.
      I was thinking of the original Nvidia Shield TV which was around like $150-$200 (if memory serves) and that was a fair price. This new 2019 Pro model doesn't really add anything new that's worth upgrading, so I'm a little shocked that they've chosen to price this $400+ rrp. Whilst the Xbox One X has been at the $600 price for a very long time, I don't know how I missed seeing all those deals (blinders?). Yeah, the XB1X has dropped in price to around $350-$400.

      Between a $400 Xbox One X, and a $350 Nvidia Shield TV Pro… the Xbox is cheaper.
      Heck, even a $190 Used PS4 can service as a streaming box!

  • Does it apply to their ebay store?

  • I cant get Pro to hook up with my NAS, very frustrated :(

    • Weird. I didn't have to do anything to get my QNAP NAS working. Just fed Kodi the sources from it and done.

    • What's the issue? Did you mount the share?

      • Found the issue, it was to do with how I configure SMB in my Pi, i used to configure as docker, but when I get rid of docker and set it up within the Pi, everything works fine :) Took me while to sort it out as there were no error messages.

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