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When we last talked about the SHIELD TV, it was a much simpler time. Back in Late February, NVIDIA released the SHIELD Experience 8.1.1 that delivered some new features and critical bug fixes for the 2019 family of SHIELD TV devices. Just over a month later, America has been thrust into the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans are cooped up at home by the millions. For those that are pulling out their hair looking for something to do in this downtime, Amazon and Best Buy are running some good deals on the newest SHIELD TV media streamer. The base SHIELD TV (2019 Edition) typically retails for $149.99, but both retail giants are currently selling it for a more palatable $129.99.... Read more...
Around this time last month, NVIDIA issued its SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 update, which brought support for the Xbox Elite 2 wireless controller and Sanskrit USB DAC along with some updates to the Channels DVR app for previous generation SHIELD TV devices (2015 and 2017 editions). Now, NVIDIA has issued SHIELD Experience 8.1.1, which brings those same updates to the 2019 editions of the SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. SHIELD Experience 8.1.1 also brings some additional features to the 2019 SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro including 16-bit DAC support for Dolby Decoded content, Bluetooth support for the WeChip G30 remote, IR volume control support for Logitech Z906 speaker system, and the inclusion... Read more...
Owners of the SHIELD TV family of media streamers/gaming devices will be happy to learn that NVIDIA is rolling out yet another new update that brings even more functionality. SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 was distributed today, and it supports SHIELD TV devices dating way back to 2015 -- how's that for excellent product support? SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 adds support for the new 2019 SHIELD Remote to older SHIELD TV devices. The newest remote is a big upgrade over its predecessor thanks to backlit buttons, customizable menu button, dedicated buttons for volume/mute, and a remote locator feature.  Also included with this update is support for the new Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller, which... Read more...
Before you cut the turkey today, you may want to cut your cable with one of these deals. Streaming devices from Roku, Amazon, and NVIDIA are all on sale starting today. There's enough savings going around to fill your plate. Up first, Roku has their Ultra and Streaming Stick+ models listed on Amazon for more than half off. Roku's make for a popular options thanks to their compatibility with a wide variety of streaming platforms and live TV. Roku Ultra - $51.99 off at $48.00 Roku Streaming Stick+ - $30.99 off at $29.00 Amazon is getting in on the game themselves with the Fire TV Stick 4K priced half off. Their new "hands-free" Fire TV Cube is enjoying a discount as well. Both of these products... Read more...
Those who have been patiently awaiting for NVIDIA to refresh its SHIELD TV streaming lineup were rewarded this week with two new models, the 2019 SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. Both come with a revamped remote control that is one of the highlights of these newly updated models, though if you are not a Netflix user, the rather large Netflix button that sits at the bottom is a wasted feature. Or is it? Actually, you can do something about it. No, we're not talking about ripping the button out of the remote (please don't attempt that). Instead, you can remap the Netflix button to perform a function that is more useful to your operation of the SHIELD TV. This is not something NVIDIA includes in its... Read more...
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is widely regarded as the best media streaming device on the market. In addition to offering high-performance, access to a massive repository of 4K streaming services and apps, and leading-edge features that some competitors have only just recently caught up with, the SHIELD TV gives users access to GeForce NOW and game streaming capabilities from a GeForce-enabled PC. There is a growing library of native AAA Android games too, along with a myriad of casual games as well. And that's not to mention the huge community of enthusiasts that use the SHIELD TV to emulate a multitude of consoles and retro arcade machines from yesteryear. Whether using it right out of the box or side-loading... Read more...
If you’re itchin’ to get your hands on NVIDIA’s brand-new SHIELD TV Pro or SHIELD TV, and don’t want to wait until the end of the month when they officially launch, you might have a chance to score one early from Best Buy. NVIDIA has already started shipping the new 4K media streamers to Best Buy locations around the United States in preparation for next week’s launch. The folks at Android Police obtained screenshots of Best Buy’s internal inventory management software that shows listings for both the SHIELD TV Pro and SHIELD TV; the former carries the SKU 6370425, while the latter’s SKU is 6370422. So, if you’re lucky,... Read more...
It looks as though Amazon isn’t the only retailer spilling NVIDIA’s secrets for upcoming streaming devices. Amazon got the ball rolling with the SHIELD TV Pro earlier today, while Newegg has posted a product page for the all-new SHIELD TV.  This entry-level device is shaped like a small cylinder measuring 1.57 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. Despite its tiny dimensions, it still manages to incorporate an HDMI port, GbE port, a microSD reader, and a proprietary power port.  The new SHIELD TV carries the same NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor as the SHIELD TV Pro, but makes do with just 8GB of internal storage instead of 16GB. We’d imagine that this streamer will... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors about an updated NVIDIA SHIELD TV 4K media streamer coming to the market, and those reports have all been confirmed thanks to someone that had an itchy trigger finger over at Amazon. The online retail giant "accidentally" posted a listing for the upcoming SHIELD TV Pro complete with images of the revised device and its all-new remote. The SHIELD TV has long been the enthusiast's choice for 4K media streamers due to its Android TV compatibility, wide support for streaming services, Android gaming, and GeForce NOW support. The SHIELD TV Pro extends that leadership with a new Tegra X1+ processor. We don't have anything with regards to specs on the processors,... Read more...
Back in late July, NVIDIA updated its SHIELD TV 4K streaming box to SHIELD Experience Upgrade 8.0, which was based on Android 9 Pie. The update also brought some new features along with a few bugfixes. However, what many SHIELD TV owners weren’t expecting were issues with existing 4K video playback.  NVIDIA has now acknowledged that a handful of apps have suddenly stopped playing back content at 4K resolutions. In a post to the official NVIDIA support forums, a staffer wrote: We’re aware of a 4K playback issue impacting a small number of apps on SHIELD TV devices and are working on a solution. In most of these cases, users can cast these movies to SHIELD in 4K using built-in... Read more...
Good news if you are a fan of NVIDIA's streaming SHIELD products, and in particular its SHIELD TV. There is evidence to suggest that NVIDIA might be readying not just one, but two new SHIELD TV models, one of which could potentially introduce a new form factor (to presumably go along with upgraded hardware and new features). You may recall that NVIDIA initially launched its SHIELD TV set-top box in May 2015. It proved to be a popular product, and in January 2017, NVIDIA launched a revised version with an altered form factor and smaller footprint. Now nearly three years later (from the revision), that remains the current model Let's start with the first of the two supposed SHIELD TV refreshes.... Read more...
We’ve been talking quite a bit about the SHIELD TV over the past few weeks, but that’s mainly been in relation to a rumored hardware refresh that is in the works. Today, however, NVIDIA did make a pretty big announcement regarding the SHIELD TV, but it pertains to the software that the 4K media streamer runs. NVIDIA has announced the availability of SHIELD Experience Upgrade 8.0, which is rolling out now to all SHIELD TV owners. The big news with this update is the arrival of the Android TV experience based on Android Pie. This comes roughly a year after NVIDIA delivered Android Oreo to SHIELD TV users. According to NVIDIA, the Android Pie update brings a redesigned Settings... Read more...
When we last reported on NVIDIA's SHIELD TV, a revised version of the 4K media steamer leaked via Google Play carrying the codename mdarcy. Although not much was revealed about what this new SHIELD TV would offer, it was determined that it would at least receive a revised version of the NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC. Today, a new NVIDIA streamer has shown up at the FCC carrying the following designation: NVIDIA Corporation SHIELD Android TV Game Console P3430. The current SHIELD TV uses the Tegra X1 A2 SoC, while this refreshed model is said to use the Tegra X1 T210 B01. We have no way of knowing what kind of core/frequency changes are going on under the hood with this latest B01 revision, but... Read more...
NVIDIA has just announced the latest SHIELD Software Experience (v7.2.3) and brings a number of changes that are aimed at enhancing the user experience and making living with the SHIELD TV at bit more enjoyable in the process. One of the biggest additions -- and is an issue that we've encountered on a number of occasions -- addresses Wi-Fi connectivity on the SHIELD TV. In some instances, usually when the console has been sitting idle for a while, it will lose its connection with your wireless router or access point. Searching for available access point is a fruitless endeavor at this point because none will show up. Naturally, this means that all internet connectivity is lost. Usually,... Read more...
Cord cutters out there who also want to play the occasional video game have a great option for both with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. During the holiday shopping season, the 4K TV streamer was on sale with discounts that gave about $30 off the device. If you missed those deals, Amazon is offering discounts on several SHIELD TV bundles matching those holiday discounts. Amazon is offering the SHIELD TV Gaming Edition that includes the remote and a gaming controller for $168; that is a discount of $31.99 off the regular $199.99 retail price. If you don't want to play any games on the device, you can get the SHIELD TV with the remote for $149, a $30 discount off the regular $179 price. A SHIELD... Read more...
Remember those NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) 4K HDR behemoths that were first announced back at CES 2018? While NVIDIA and its partners hoped to get products out the door sometime in 2018, the initiative was officially delayed in late August,with NVIDIA saying that products would begin shipping in 2019. Well, 2019 is here and we present to you the Hewlett-Packard Omen X Emperium. Although it's showing up a year late, the first of the massive NVIDIA-backed gaming displays looks to impress. For starters, the Omen X Emperium measures 65 inches diagonally, and is of course backed by NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology for fluid gameplay. Oh, and did we mention that you can crank... Read more...
If you're the owner of an NVIDIA SHIELD TV 4K media streamer, then you're probably pretty happy with the steady onslaught of updates that add new software and functionality. NVIDIA continues its upgrade spree with SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.2, which is rolling out starting today to owners. As long as your SHIELD TV is on, your device should have the upgrade downloaded by the end of the day. NVIDIA says that SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.2 brings with it the inclusion of the Amazon Music app, which joins a host of other streaming music services available on the platform including Google Play Music, Spotify and Pandora. NVIDIA notes, however, that the Amazon... Read more...
Update 11/23/18: This deal expired Wednesday night but you have find other good deals on items like Amazon's Fire TV for just $25 and more in our Black Friday Deals Guide and Holiday Gift Guide. If you're looking for a solid "do everything" Android TV-based media streamer, it doesn't get much better than the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. For starters, the SHIELD TV is a potent 4K streamer that is highly extensible. In addition, NVIDIA has continually updated the console over its lifespan via frequent software updates. Today, Best Buy -- via its eBay Store -- is selling the SHIELD TV for $139.99. That price is reasonable enough, but eBay is currently running a 15 percent off promotion on anything that you... Read more...
NVIDIA has announced a new control feature for the Shield TV media player that brings another way to control Shield with your voice. A new Alexa Skill has launched that allows hands-free control of Shield TV using an Amazon Alexa device. The Alexa Skill for Shield TV owners makes the NVIDIA device the only video streamer that can be controlled with both Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. Alexa can be used to navigate and enjoy movies, TV, music, and more. NVIDIA also notes that the Shield TV features Dolby Atmos passthrough support for Prime Video. To enable Alexa voice control, users will need to open the Alexa app, click the menu button, select "Skills & Games" and search for NVIDIA Shield... Read more...
NVIDIA's "do everything" SHIELD TV is an incredibly potent media streamer + gaming platform, and it already features native support for the Google Assistant. However, the current implementation of voice control with the Google Assistant leaves a lot to be desired and is quite limited in its capabilities. NVIDIA is rectifying this issue with a new update that provides "deeper integration" with Google Home devices currently on your network. You can simply call out to your Google Home and tell it to specifically play a movie or a TV show on your SHIELD. For example, you can say "OK Google, open Sling TV on SHIELD" or "Hey Google, set volume to 90% on SHIELD". As you might expect, you can... Read more...
NVIDIA first launched its SHIELD TV over three years ago, and since that time, the company has continually updated the media streamer/game console to keep pace with the latest Android releases and to add new features. Keeping that trend going, NVIDIA has announced the 20th update for SHIELD TV, which is called the SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1. Loaded into the SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1 are a number of new features including in-game voice chat. This feature is incorporated into games available on GeForce NOW, and works with headsets that are connected via the 3.5mm headset jack that is built in to the wireless SHIELD controller. Fortnite is called out as one... Read more...
When it comes to 4K HDR media streamers currently on the market, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is one of the more powerful entries available. The device is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 SoC and runs Google's Android TV operating system. For those of you that haven't already managed to snag a SHIELD TV, Amazon is giving you a prime opportunity to strike on Prime Day. Prime Day kicks off tomorrow, July 16th, starting at 3PM EST, and the SHIELD TV will be on sale for $139, which is $40 off its regular price. Checking out the trusty CamelCamelCamel price tracker, the lowest price that this particular variant of the SHIELD TV has been on Amazon is $159.97, so the Prime Day savings... Read more...
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