Great Media Player That Plays Everything
This is a great Android media player that can play anything you throw at it. Coupled with Kodi, it can play 4K HDR content with Dolby Atmos. It's losing one star due to its prive and it not being able to auto switch resolution to match the content. You can get around this by installing a third party app.
The Best Future-Proof Android TV box out there, with issues.
The Nvidia Shield TV is essentially a gaming console... without games, that uses the same CPU/GPU as the Nintendo Switch (Nvidia Tegra X1) . However, it's a formidable and overpriced Android TV, that's capable of running Emulators and streaming games, while most people will be using it for Netflix/Stan/Amazon Prime/Youtube, or watching Freeview/Free-to-air if you have that set-up.
The Nvidia Shield has always been expensive, and overpriced for a Smart TV box, there are very few apps that the Shield can't run well, and it's even capable of run...ning some emulator games for Dreamcast/SNES/GameCube, etc. I have owned both the 2017 and 2019 versions, so It's fair to do a comparison/rundown, they're not too different. As a 4k Ready Smart TV box, it has some problems/issues with HDR and Android TV (no HDMI 2.1, no VP9 profile 2 for Google 4K HDR/Youtube HDR, the 2017 model can't play Dolby Vision, sic.) and most bothersome, it runs Android TV, so any frequent updates tend to break functionality every so often, just because of how badly made Android TV is. You get used to this, but it's still annoying. These lack of features come from the main issue of the Shield TV being a 2015 device that came out before HDR was finalised, and even the 2017/2019 models have problems (so do most HDR TV's). But it's still the best on the market if you're not bought into the Apple/Google/Sony/Microsoft TV & Movies Ecosystem(s). If you have bought TV/Movies already, the Shield might not be your best choice.
This device is borderline useless. Where to start.
Netflix just doesn’t work, throws a “this service is not available right now” error, “please try again later” Hint: it doesn’t work if you try again later. It’s been the same through 2 software updates and one firmware revision. It just doesn’t work.
GeForce now throws error “not available”
The controller regularly loses synch and you need to plug it back into USB and go through the synch process again, about once every 3 days
PLEX can’t play 1080p movies without needing to stop and buffe...r every 5 mins (this is playing movies stored on the local HD , over wifi it’s even worse.) File transfers is limited to SMB 1.0 so if you transfer files to this from your PC you are leaving yourself open to the Wannacry virus.
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Best Android TV streaming box out there
Such a great product, I've used a number of streaming boxes and this one is by far the best, it's lightning fast due to the processing power, and it uses your original TV remote so when you turn your TV on/off the Nvidia Sheild turns on/off. Well worth the extra money over a Roku or other similar device. I use it for , Netflix,Disney +, Prime Video, Kayo and Kodi.
Fantastic device. Can't fault it.
A great alternative to an Apple TV or Roku or Telstra TV. Does everything I wanted it to do and more.
I use it mainly for the following:
Nvidia Game Stream from my PC
Google Play Games
Brilliant device and brilliant service
The box arrived earlier than scheduled so the experience started off even better than anticipated!
The box comes beautifully packed and booted instantly. The setup was intuitive and rapidly accomplished. Loving the apps and the smoothness of the output!
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Great TV box
I bought this to replace my old TV box, the system is obviously fast including running Kodi. There are many other apps are available can be downloaded and installed on Shield TV. The only problem probably is the remote control I'm not get used to it keep mis-pressed the button, luckily my TV remote control can be paired with Shield TV so I use the TV remote control which is much easier
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Can't fault it. Great quality.
I was going to buy a Chromecast because I couldn't find mine after being in storage. Had a little 32" Sony smart TV with Netflix and YouTube but apps we're old and outdated so sold it and splurged on one of these and the cheapest 55" kogan TV.
Still came in cheaper than a smart TV and gets regular updates of apps and firmware as many TV's don't while being sluggish and not accessing apps from the playstore. There are limited apps on ATV but everything you need I guess. I don't do games. It would be nice to see a more featuresome Spotify. All ...the free to air catch up apps are on there now besides 9NOW which I successfully sideloaded. You can also use the Google livetv app with tvirl and get live TV channels streamed with the Kodi url. I really hope development of apps and the platform takes off because it has so much potential. I have always used media centres and the like since windows XP and mythtv etc but this is so nice and easy and for the price I wouldn't bother with much else. Very fluid and stylish.
Good device but 2 issues
This is an Android TV device = limited apps from a very limited version of the Google Play Store. I recommend checking if your favourite apps are available on this device before purchase.
No 3D file support, so you won’t be able to watch your 3D Blu-ray Rips or similar - no not even in Kodi or with an app or add-on.
Purchased in November 2018 at Kogan.
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An excellent streaming box
I've got a lot of tech on hand to cope with various media, but nothing in my arsenal provided one single simple device to view all my media - until now that is. The Chromecast came reasonably close, but didn't handle certain things well. I was originally going to get a Minix Neo u9-h, but after reading several reviews decided on the Shield (remote only) instead. I don't use it to play games, so cannot comment on that, but for content and media streaming it's an absolute gem. I cannot find too many things to criticise. It's small, powerful and r...easonably good value for money. I think the only thing better would be a NUC, but that comes with a more comprehensive price tag. Dolby Atmos didn't work through Kodi (even on pass-through), but it did work in Plex - so no real issue. I was also expecting to have to wire it into the network but the WIFI on the box works superbly. On 5GHz the Shield hasn't even pretended to stutter streaming high bitrate content, which surprised me because I've had issues with other devices - even computers. In terms of app support, you get everything you need from the Android store with all the usual suspects such as Kodi, Plex TV streaming apps etc. I was initially worried about the remote, but even that I can't find too many faults with. It's simple and yes, the touch-volume slider isn't the best, but at least you can link it to your AVR or soundbar. HDMI link control works a treat as well - I've got this running in a media room and one button on the remote fires up Amp and projector quickly and easily. The phone app caters for better keyboard input and the inbuilt microphone does the voice recognition duties if you need to. As long as the reliability doesn't become an issue, this is definitely a device I'll recommend to others.
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Simply the best Android TV media streamer box available
I have tried many different Android based media streamer boxes from various Chinese manufactures at various price points. Some were dual core, quad core and even octo (8) core cpu units which claim to be the best around. All end up driving me up the wall with slow response, needing constant reboots or resets and clunky non responsive remote controls. In the end they all went on gumtree or straight in the bin. Then i tried the Nvida Sheild TV player. Yes, these things do cost a bit more than the cheap no name Chinese boxes, but the overall...build quality, superior design and function of them means they actually do exactly what you want them to do and are more than makes up for the extra cost. Especially considering these actually work, unlike the others! They stream effortless video from pretty much any source you can through at it, be it internet, usb, hard disk or NAS. I'm yet to find a video format the Shield can't play actually. I love these things so much i have 3 of them around the house. Even on current 'Smart TVs' these things are far superior to the built in smarts of the TVs. Best of all, they are so easy to use and require basically no setup out of the box. My new favorite entertainment device! Highly recommended!! AAAA+++++++
Purchased in November 2018 for A$219.00.
I got a nvidia shield for an Xmas gift. Worst gift ever. Unhooked my firestick to use my new gift. Now the firestick is hooked back up and will stay that way. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. Absolute trash waste of time. Buy anything else and avoid disappointment.
Perfect for centralising media
Great little media box. Has all the features I could want. Can load Kodi on to it to play a multitude of media files. Now comes with ABC Iview as well. Great user interface, very clean and easy to use. The main page channels are a great way to keep up to date with what you are watching. The remote is lightweight and easy to use, doesn't chew through the batteries like many others.
Awesome customisable 4K streaming device!!
Starting streaming with the original 'WD TV live' but now the Shield TV has overtaken it as the primary media streaming device.. Not the actual cheapest device by today's standards but definitely has some grunt under the hood!!
Good quality build but there sometimes can be sudden app dropouts when using streaming services.. Able to play my 4k and various other lower quality content without a blink from my NAS without needing to transcode media.. also able to sideload android apps to customise this device to suit simply by putting apk's on g...oogle drive and install apps from there easily and simply.. 2 usb ports make storage expansion a breeze, the remote is quite sensitive to use for controlling sound but feels nice in the hand.. also comes with an app to also control the shield aswell.. can be used with keyboard/mouse combo also.. streamlined design that looks good and nice responsive software..
Love it !
Loving this unit
Purchased from centercom approx 1 month ago for $180 on special
Very fast streaming device. Good remote too
so far very reliable !
Avoid all the other crap off ebay . I had purchased another cheaper device but had to send it back as it was total rubbish
The best and fasted TV streamer!
I purchased a unit a couple of months ago as our smart TV became slower and slower. We had a look at various options such as Telstra TV, Apple TV and new Google Cromecast. I did not want to be locked into a narrow range of available services and I wanted something which would provide fast reliable streaming for Stan and Netflix and Amazon Prime. I also wanted something which could be used for streaming content from the phone or computer. I found the ability to use it handsfree and play games also very useful. I feel that the NVIDIA Shield enabl...ed me to avoid buying a new TV, update my Chromecast and buying a gaming console. Software (Android) is updated frequently and streaming is FAST!! I am extremely happy with the product and the purchase exceeded my best expectations. I bought the NVIDIA Shield, the SHIELD controller and the SHIELD remote together. The NVIDIA Shield can also be controlled from a phone or tablet via a free app.
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Great little device!
This the 3rd Android TV box ive ever purchased and I can already tell that its amazing.
Very slick design, great connectivity and high quality built.
The android platform is working perfectly fine compared to other devices i have used before (Nexus Player, MI box).
Game console is a very nice option to have tho not a big fan of games in general.
Video playback quality is brilliant and it supports 4k as well.
The remote design and feel is best.
I do recommend this product.
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Good product, lousy support when something goes wrong
The Shield TV is a very good device while it works, but seems fragile. Mine lasted a few weeks then failed. NVidia support arranged for the device to be collected for repair, but sent it back to me without a power supply or remote. Weeks go by and they will not help. They won't reply to emails at all, and the on line chat says to "just wait, we will find out". It's easy for companies to sell cardboard boxes but the real test is when support is needed, and NVidia failed completely.
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