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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 668 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I would rather have this than any current console

    Posted
    Kenny
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Nvidia Shield TV is an incredible device, it does absolutely everything, and does everything perfectly. The Tegra X1 if you do not know has 4 ARM Cortex-A57 high powered cores, and 4 ARM Cortex-A53 unspecified low power cores. Other than using standard ARM reference 64 bit CPU's, everything about how the CPU's interact with the rest of the SoC is completely Nvidia custom engineered brilliance. The CPU's are not what is special about the Tegra X1 in the Shield TV, its the fact that the X1 has a GeForce Maxwell PC architecture GPU with 256 CUDA cores, and comes with all the technologies that PC Maxwell based GPU's have. It's a dual core GPU 128 CUDA cores on each GPU core. It has 3 gigs of very fast dual channel memory, a very effective cooling system. And its designed and built by Nvidia, Nvidia used as much of their own chips as they could but they did have to outsource some of the random chips on the motherboard itself, which is tiny, it's really really easy to open it up to clean dust from the blower fan, two phillips screws, on the left and right of the back, flip it upside down, put your thumbs on the intake vent on the bottom of the unit and just push with your thumbs firmly and the top snaps open and slides forward than you just lift it off, the LED's for the cool green angle that lights up are not attached to the top they are on the motherboard so there is nothing to break, I opened mine up just to see the insides myself, only took the cover off did not gut it, and it is made extremely high quality, the air is drawn straight up from the intake vent on the bottom into the blower fan where it follows a sealed air duct that directs the air out of the rear vent, the heatsink for the Tegra X1 is directly in front of the exhaust vent, and the fan varies in speed and responds to heat very quickly. I don't like streaming games over Geforce Now, I like to download the android based games that are specifically designed to run on the Sheild TV and take full advantage of the Tegra X1's GPU, It can put out graphics as good as most xbox one and ps4 games, coming from a unit that's nearly the size of a cell phone...to me that's incredible and those games the Tegra X1 is doing all the rendering, proving that the X1 SoC can hold its own, and the clock speeds are twice that of the Tegra X1 in the Nintendo Switch, so your getting a lot more powerful gaming machine out of the Shield TV for a lot less money, I bought mine November 2018 at my local best buy when the base model that just comes with the remote on sale for 139.99. I can't believe I got it for that price, I have never used an electronic device as much as I use my Shield TV, and I've already had 5 updates since I've owned it, and than in December Best Buy had the official Shield newly designed controller on sale for 49.99. If your going to do gaming the official controller is a must, I used to use my Xbox One controller, But the Bluetooth controller on the Shield has very limited range and is pretty bad when it comes to lag, you hook up the official controller, which is a really nice controller, it is just as responsive as any videogame console, I like that I can control my TV's volume just by the capacitive touch bar on both the remote and controller, and you can use the OK Google command, use it as your smarthome hub, you don't need a dongle I don't know why they sell that model with the USB dongle for it to be your smarthub, mine controls my Sengled Element Hub perfectly which is my smarthome hub, which controls just about everything in my house. Geforce Now Game streaming from Nvidia's Supercomputer servers is cool, But I have my own gaming Super Computer, So I just prefer to use my Xbox One controller on it which has the official Xbox One controller receiver built in, so I get the exact experience as with an Xbox One X only with a TON better graphics on a 27 inch Curved Samsung Gaming monitor, I use team red gfx cards, so I cant stream from my PC to the Shield so I don't know how well that works, I know there is a workaround for that but I don't care to do it because like I said for gaming on my Shield TV I just use the native Android TV games that are made to run only on the Nvidia Shield TV, most of them by Nvidia Lightspeed Studios. MetalGear Revengence is one of the best of them, buy it, its a remake of the PC version of the game but has been completely souped up for the Tegra X1 SoC. Tomb Raider you can also play natively on the Shield, it looks better than the GeForce Now streaming version, It too was remade to run on the Shield TV and take advantage of all of Tegra X1's bells and whistles, The native Shield TV games are cheaper than console games, the best ones are 14.99, Don't bother getting the Pro version, just get a USB 3.1 HDD, I have a 500GB Toshiba I got for 29.99, and you format it as system memory, than it uses the flash storage kinda like intel speedstep. It caches your most used data to the flash storage and the stuff that isn't used as much stays on the HDD, I'm and IT I apologize for going into so much technical detail but I'm just trying to get the point across that even though this came out in 2015 (remember Xbox One and PS4 came out in 2013) Than they overhauled it in 2017 which is still the version they make today, and with my knowledge of silicon and what I've research the X1 in the 2017 slim model was brought down to 16nm fabrication process, and seems to have some other minor changes, yes, you can side load geekbench 4 on it and the cpu's will seem very slow, that's because something has to be optimized for the X1 to see it's power because everything about the chip is different than how the "normal" mobile ARM based SoC works. I mean look at the graphics the Nintendo Switch puts out, that's on a stock Tegra X1 chip only with clockspeeds of both CPU's and GPU cut in half. It doesn't have a sufficient cooling system to rock The X1 at full clock speeds, even when docked its not fully clocked again because the very small heat sink whick is attached to the chip via a flat heat pipe. With the Shield TV the Tegra X1 is directly on the heatsink with of course thermal paste to properly transfer the heat away from to chip and into the heatsink where the air blowing across the fins carries the heat out the exhaust vent of the unit. It's easy to navigate the OS, coming from "streaming devices" which I just cant call the Shield TV that, to a Shield you will understand why I wrote this with such enthusiasm, It's a custom version Android TV Nvidia Edition, this is more of what a proper computer attached to a TV should be. I have a 4K TV and watch a lot of 4K Netflix shows and its extraordinary. I use my gaming PC a lot less, you can even surf the web, just download Puffin Browser, its a web browser made for Android TV, and its free. You can play games like a computer, you can access social media like a computer, you can have multiple apps running at once like a computer, you can browse the web like a computer, If you want an android TV device, The Shield TV is the only one to get, if you go with a china special you get a cheap paperweight with cpu's that specs are exaggerated tremendously, no other Android TV device has half the power of the Shield TV and when it comes to the GPU, they aren't even in the same league as the Shield TV. Same with software, only the Shield TV has games custom made for its hardware that run natively on the system. JUST GO GET ONE ALREADY!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NVIDIA Support will let you down !

    Posted
    PGstreamer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased the NVIDIA PRO version (i.e. with internal 500Gb instead of 16Gb) of this product about 5 months ago. It is indeed a very powerful streaming/gaming device and everything will go well till you get your first mandatory software (called shield-experience) update. My device was working properly till Shield-Experience (SE) update 7.2, that was released 2 weeks ago. The update is full of bugs affecting thousands shield owners world-wide (just check the GeForce forums). I'm one the victims: my Nvidia Shield PRO does not boot any more, it is broken after the update 7.2. I contacted Nvidia support to solve the problem. In the beginning they instruct me on how to factory-reset the device (and erase all my data !) but it didn't work. My device was totally bricked !!! Next step they offered to replace the broken Nvidia SATv by a new one, and in principle I was happy with that solution: What a disappointment: instead of sending a brand-new replacement device, I got a shabby refurbished Nvidia SATv full of scratches and clearly misused by the previous owner. I bought the most expensive edition of the Nvidia SATv PRO device, and kept it in pristine conditions.The device is broken because of Nvidia's careless software-release methodology. Please send me a brand-new device. It is just not fair that I get stuck with a refurbished subpar device I'm very disappointed with Nvidia Support.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Best Android streamer but HDR is suspect

    Posted
    MDK210
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Relatively quick compared to other boxes and I like how its native Android so it runs most if not all Android apps including YouTube (4K which Apple TV doesn't), Netflix, VLC, Twtich, Amazon, Kodi etc. Bluetooth remote is slow/laggy regardless of how many updates they've thrown out it which I've had at least 3 so far. Lots of settings to manipulate which Google diehards may like but if things aren't working it can be frustrating figuring out where everything is. I've not experienced the video game side of the Shield so I would say for a sale price it's worth it just for streaming but if you don't want the video game side I wouldn't pay full price. Not to mention Kodi has almost completely died within the last week due to all the issues so I wouldn't buy it based on Kodi alone. Now for the HDR10 issue(s). I have a new 4K UHD HDR TV, new 4K UHD receiver, and new HDMI cables all less than 30 days old but HDR10 does not appear to work. My Apple 4K uses HDR10 as soon as it boots up and the TV displays this. Nvidia doesn't show HDR10 being used in any app. I've had a ticket open with Nvidia for about two weeks now and sent them screenshots of my Apple 4K TV showing HDR10 and their Shield showing non-HDR10. Nvidia has verified all my settings are HDR10 compliant on the Shield but the TV doesn't recognize it regardless of what the Shield says and let me tell you that HDR10 makes difference. I would rather have HDR10 than 4K currently but I feel I may have stumped Nvidia. So is the Shield actually HDR10? If it is why does my TV not see it as HDR10 yet my Apple TV is HDR10 as soon as it boots up? My Shield settings reflect what HDR10 is from a technical standpoint so theoretically it's running as HDR10 but it's not reporting this to my TV so it's 50/50 performance as of now. If you can forgive the questionable remote and find it on sale I would recommend it as a quality streaming device that get's updates regularly. I would NOT recommend the Pro version however since you can add an external drive to the basic 16gb.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NVIDIA Community Team

      Hi,
      We’re sorry to hear about your issues. We can help you out. HDR10 is supported on SHIELD. Each HDMI port needs to be individually enabled for HDR on your TV (and not all TVs support HDR from every port). Please reach out to us at SHIELD-BBY-support@nvidia.com and include a link to this review so that we can help you out. Also we can help you solve your remote issues. We have a final remote update releasing this week. You can also learn more about other causes of remote issues here: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/1024541/shield-tv/troubleshooting-tips-for-shield-remote-connectivity/ nvidia

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite streamer

    Posted
    Bchkam2002
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Had some time to play with SHIELD and wanted to share my thoughts. I've tried a lot of the other streamers and i feel SHIELD is my favorite device. I have an Android phone, so i love that it has Google Assistant integration. It's great to have integration with my google photos - you can press search and ask SHIELD to "Show me my pictures from xyz". Also nice that you can see what's on your google calendar and cast directly from your android phone to your TV. 4K HDR catalog is great because SHIELD has Netflix, Amazon Video and Vudu in HDR. Youtube experience is better than other streamers - you have full search integration, but you can even say show me the latest Tonight Show or ask to play any Music Video and it just direct plays into the Youtube Video. It also seems youtube on SHIELD supports 360 so you can use your remote to see shows in 360 on SHIELD. i know neither of this works on my Roku or Fire TV. I also use Plex and it seems SHIELD is the only streamer that supports Plex as a client and server device. Finally, it is nice that SHIELD has also integrated Samsung Smartthings Hub. I am just started to set up a smart home in my home and it is nice that i can turn on/off my lights via my SHIELD, and set routines through Samsung Integration. I know it is a bit more expensive than other streamers, but i use my streamer more than 10 hours a week so i think it is worth the extra money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Android Streaming box out there

    Posted
    Kerry
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've gradually upgraded my streaming "boxes" from the Amazon Fire Stick to the Fire TV to now this. If you've cut the cord (i.e. canceled cable) you need a streaming option for your TV. Whether it be a PC or dedicated unit like the nVidia Shield, you only need internet and subscription service of choice (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) The Shield is very fast and is a full Android OS. If you're used to the fire stick or other Amazon streaming devices, they are an android platform, but has some Android functionality removed to make the the whole package more affordable to the masses. NVidia did not do that. You get a 4k capable, geforce experience ready, game streaming device. If you're looking for the best, all in one streaming device, this is the best bang for the buck. The next step up would be a mini-PC that has more overhead, maintenance and setup involved. Now you're probably wondering why the 4-stars if this is so great. In my experience with this, I have noticed a reoccurring issue with my particular 4k LG TV. If I happen to turn on the shield before I turn on the TV, I get an error when playing some videos. Has something to do with the HDMI "handshake" that happens between the device and the TV. Turning on the TV BEFORE the Shield, no error. If the error does happen, I have to turn the TV off then on again, and the error goes away. I wish I could only take half a star away but alas, no can do on BB's reviews. Hope this was helpful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NVIDIA Community Team

      Hi Kerry,
      We’re happy to hear that you are enjoying your SHIELD TV and would like to learn more about your HDMI issue to help get it resolved. Please reach out to us at SHIELD-BBY-support@nvidia.com and include a link to this review as well as more information about the model of your TV. nvidia

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best Android TV STB, but with some limitations

    Posted
    Jimmy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have avidly been a supporter of Google's attempts to take over the living room. i was one of the first to but into Google TV with my Sony NSZ-GT1, and it was good for what it was in 2011. When Android TV came onto the market I was thrilled and quickly bought a Nexus Player. Then earlier this year I bought a 4k HDR panel and decided to upgrade my STB as well. The Nvidia Shield TV is a fantastic machine for what it is capable of, not only do i have access to all the media apps I could ever wish for, I can also connect a NAS and emulate any game made before 2006. The UI is the usual ATV experience but with a bit more speed thanks to the K1. And the inclusion of HDR10 and Dolby Atmos support made this a machine that I use almost 95% of the time my panel is active. The issue I have with the player is that it is run on ATV a service that is treated as second class when compared to Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV. Becasue of low market saturation it has never gotten consistent updates from third party apps (the Hulu app still uses the old UI, even the Switch runs the new UI). But I can not fault lacking third party support for a great streamer. This is the best STB money can buy and it is capable of almost anything that can be thrown it's way!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!!

    Posted
    bstarke13
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This thing is the fastest streaming device I've ever used, and I've tried many of them. It's super fast and very easy to use but you'll have to look up the controls because they are confusing at first. One thing I couldn't find listed anywhere was how to show all the apps that are open but it's just a double tap on the right circle button. Once open you can close any open apps or go back to them. Unfortunately most that are open just reopen and you lose your place. But then again this thing is fast, super fast so that's a non issue. The other thing this will do is stream in the best quality available easily. I've tried watching shows on streaming services with other devices and they all seem to have hangups on what quality can be supported. This bad boy will stream immediately at the best quality your internet will allow. I do have my device connected to my steam account on my PC and it works wonderfully and pretty much the same as a steambox except one feature. It only supports one controller at a time. But the included controller is good. Also this thing has Chromecast built in and that is awesome. Storage space is a non issue as well because you can easily add permanent storage. Overall it's a solid device. I sure hope they support it for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Plex Solution

    Posted
    Sorgansf
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I was trying to find a financially reasonable solution to run a plex media server. I've tried a number of various devices that failed miserably. The NVIDIA Shield TV delivered what I needed. I can attach two external drives (one to hold video files, the other to hold hi-rez audio) and serve up both to any computer, AppleTV, or my LG OLED screen. What really surprised me was the quality of the video playback. I rip all of my purchased blu-ray to a bit-to-bit MKV file and they look identical in quality to the actual disc. Can't say the same for the playback on AppleTV, which has a slight degradation in the quality. The Shield delivers crystal clear playback including 4K HDR content. My only complaint is that I cannot get it to play hi-rez 5.1 audio files. This is frustrating as it still means I have to use another device to listen to the audio in the proper format. (The AppleTV does play 5.1.) But this is a minor annoyance as I don't have enough content to be an every day occurrence. Highly recommend if you are looking for that solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Absolute waste

    Posted
    Oliverm
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I recently purchased the Shield with the hope that it could replace my aging Roku. I also needed the ability to stream movies from my NAS so a possible win-win. Wow, was I wrong. My three-year-old Roku absolutely destroys the Shield in both speed and picture quality. My wife is a PBS fan and she never has time to watch her shows when they air so she relies on being able to use a PBS app. Since it one not available to put directly on the Shield I loaded it in Plex. After two days of trying to get PBS to open, I plugged the Roku back in. My wife was up and watching in less than 30 seconds. The Shield, with Plex, sat for over a minute with the crazy thing in the middle of the screen spinning, but never started the program. The picture quality on all of the apps, including Plex, are absolutely horrible compared to my Roku. The pictures are grainy and appear to lag and then jerk back to the proper spot. I am not sure how anyone can give this product five stars, unless the TV being used is from 1990 and they still have dial up. I am looking forward to returning my Shield this weekend. I will probably just upgrade to the latest and greatest Roku. It probably won't be perfect, but all I want is a good picture and speed that does not make me want to put my iron through the TV.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NVIDIA Community Team

      Hi,
      We’re sorry to hear about your experience. This is not representative of what you can expect with SHIELD so we’d like to help you figure out what is going wrong. SHIELD does support the PSB app without having to sideload it. Please reach out to us at SHIELD-BBY-support@nvidia.com and include a link to this review so that we can help you out. nvidia

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The only streaming device to own

    Posted
    triedntrue
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've tried a lot of the other streamers and i feel SHIELD is the most capable. 4K HDR catalog is great because SHIELD has Netflix, Amazon Video and Vudu in HDR. Youtube experience is better than other streamers - you have full search integration, but you can even say show me the latest Tonight Show or ask to play any Music Video and it just direct plays into the Youtube Video. It also seems youtube on SHIELD supports 360 so you can use your remote to see shows in 360 on SHIELD. i know neither of this works on my Roku or Fire TV. I also use Plex and it seems SHIELD is the only streamer that supports Plex as a client and server device. Finally, it is nice that SHIELD has also integrated Samsung Smartthings Hub. I am just started to set up a smart home in my home and it is nice that i can turn on/off my lights via my SHIELD, and set routines through Samsung Integration. I know it is a bit more expensive than other streamers, but i use my streamer more than 10 hours a week so i think it is worth the extra money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than Firestick, but has issues

    Posted
    Switch32
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I picked this device up after having buffering issues with my Firestick 4K. After getting through the learning curve of loading APK's to this device I could see how much faster this device was in comparison to my Firestick, but every once in a while it would run slow. I downloaded an app from the Play store to perform WiFi speed tests on it and sometimes I would get the 100+ Mbps provided by Spectrum, and other times it would be picking up 20-30 Mbps and buffering. I checked the speed my Samsung phone was picking up and it was consistently 100+ Mbps when The Shield was at 20-30. After a reboot I was back up over 100 again. I contacted Nvidia customer support and they walked me through a bunch of settings but it is still encountering this issue. They are no help. I chalk it up to a defective device or something with the latest update. I wish I could give this 5 stars, but with the WiFi issue I can't.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it is advertised to do.

    Posted
    Sandman1am
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    I was extremely excited to get this home and installed because of all the reviews I read about it. It did not disappoint me one bit. Welllll ok the remote needs a new design IMO but that’s a very minor detail to get over. It’s easy to plug in & start using or if you are more tech savvy the adding of software etc is also easy as pie. If you are on the edge of buying this or another TV box this one is the best one on the market right now for my needs. I bought a roku stick plus & while it does the job for my bedroom tv it doesn’t do anything close to what the shield can do. The initial price is quite a bit more than other boxes however this is one of those you get what you pay for deals. Granted if you don’t game then this may be a bit overkill. I like the fact that I can expand the memory if needed. Again great product & easy set up but a little on the pricey side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great while it worked

    Posted
    Gnote
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Let me start by saying I really enjoyed the box while it lasted. I bought the 2015 model back in May of 2016. Yes it is out of the 1 year warranty.... however, I expected a box of this name and price to last more than 1.5 years. After many attempts to do every hard reset trick there is, I contacted Nvidia customer support and was told they would look into it and would get back with me in a few days. I sent them pictures of the box, model and receipt. I have called back in the last few weeks to check on an answer and finally got the "Sorry, you're out of your year warrant reason". I wasn't expecting to get a brand new 2017 model or even a free box period. Buy I thought they would at least work with me.... maybe even get me a discounted model..... something. So this will be a lesson for me. Some companies go above and beyond to keep customers happy, and some do the bare minimum. Luckily I still have a 3 year old ROKU that works like the day I bought it. I will be more careful how I spend my money in the future.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NVIDIA Community Team

      Hi,
      We’re sorry to hear about your issues. Please reach out to us at SHIELD-BBY-support@nvidia.com and include a link to this review and we can help you with an RMA. nvidia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Android TV and streaming device I have used

    Posted
    AlBB
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    I have been using media players for a long time, well before Android TV came out. I also used the Nexus player for a few years before I bought this. This is expensive compared to the $50 used Nexus player I had, which served me well. However, the Shield works much better in performance and reliability so far. The only issue is that the remote is not the greatest in that the volume control doesn't work too well. I also had issues replacing the button battery and had to RMA the remote within warranty. Nvidia was very good about the replacement. I use it for Prime video, Netflix, etc. and some games, occasionally. I also paired it with an Android have controller which also worked well. In general I am very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent item but lack of apps is disappointing

    Posted
    tengokei
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    I would have figured by now that Android with such a LARGE catalog ro choose from would have way more apps than what is available for Android TV. It does have the basics though. The Shield is amazing, doesn't feel too cheap and is nice and small so not a large footprint. It plays videos online and offline well. The user interface is pretty user friendly and doesn't look bad either. I would have probably given it 5 stars if it weren't for the lack of apps (I know it's not really their fault). definitely would buy again if this one ever breaks. It works 10x better for gaming than the Steam Shield does as it literally does what that does and more. I think once the app market opens up a but more for Android TV, the Shield will be a force to be reckoned with in the streaming department .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally On sale

    Posted
    yynotnnh
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    Finally was able to pick up the device on sale, It works great I use it for mainly streaming TV. I am able to to put almost everything that all my other streaming devices have on them. Just wish there was a better remote to go with this though that is my only gripe. Overall I am happy with it nothing much else to review on it does have faster response than my other devices I go have a Mi Box which I still use from time to time along with my Apple TV and Roku and Amazon box . But this one is much smoother and faster response. I have this Ethernet connected have not tested WiFi stability though. Wish the price was lower than what it is glad I got it one sale. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a streaming device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best of the best!

    Posted
    Cornstick
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    If you’re looking for the media streaming box that can play anything you throw at it, look no further! The Shield TV is a beast! I use it in conjunction with my Plex media server and it plays everything in my library in their raw original format. The Shield TV is the ONLY media streaming device that can pass through ALL audio formats. Including Atmos and DTS X. On the video side? It has an Nvidia GPU. Need I say more? The only drawback is that Android TV doesn’t have the streaming channel library that some of the more mainstream platforms (Roku) do. So ideally you would have a Roku Ultra and a Shield TV to cover all of your bases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Android TV's app support is very sparse

    Posted
    CowboysFan2019
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    Despite its souped-up specs, the Shield feels more like a glimpse into the future of set-top boxes rather than its arrival. Loading up a 4K video or playing a AAA title with a controller is mostly good for showing off to friends, rather than something you'll spend hours on—there's just not much available yet in the way of endless entertainment. Android TV unfortunately seems to mirror Android Wear: its development is moving along slowly, and as a result, it hampers the potential of the hardware running it. For now, 4K, PC, and general hardware enthusiasts looking for a cheaper outlay than building a home-theater PC are more likely to squeeze regular utility out of the Shield. Folks looking for a solid, future-proofed set-top box should wait.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hate it Hate it!!

    Posted
    kjoc
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Unfortunately I absolutely hate this streaming box, I installed the Shield and immediately my Amazon Prime Video and Hulu would not stream (even though I was connected to a 350mbs down Ethernet connection). I tried to troubleshoot - I own pretty much every streaming box so I know what to do (ATV, Roku, FireTV) and nothing worked - I tried the factory reset which was suggested on web (unsuccessful), I contacted NVidia support - absolutely no help came my way. This box is going back as I truly hate that I just wasted the last several days trying very hard to make it work. For the price that this box goes for in comparison to my Roku 4K stick which works so perfectly - I am shocked that I have had such extreme issues with the box. So sad as I had a lot of hope!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great streaming device...

    Posted
    Audiomixer
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have the 2015 version of this 2017 model and while it will stream and run everything the 2015 version will, it does not have an IR receiver for remote controls such as how the Sony TV remote can control the 2015 version. Also the 2015 version has an sd card slot, this one does not. Also the 2015 version could be turned off and on by touching the nvidia logo on the unit, the 2017 cannot. Also the remote that comes with the 2017 does not have a headphone jack and has replaceable batteries rather than rechargable batteries. These are perhaps minor differences but should be pointed out and the reason I only gave it 4 stars. Other then that, it performs as well as its predecessor and I would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend