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NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Review

We’ve said it before, but in case you somehow missed it, we have been using SHIELD TV in our homes since 2015 and we love it. Back then, if you were looking for an awesome Android TV experience, plus a sweet gaming experience, there was no better choice. Now, in 2017, NVIDIA is back with an updated set-top box, looking to reclaim its own thrown in the Android TV ecosystem. 

The updated SHIELD TV package includes updated box hardware (looks identical, but in a smaller package), eerily similar the same internal specifications, but also major design changes for the SHIELD Controller and a minor change for the SHIELD Remote. Overall, NVIDIA has created what it believes is the best Android TV package on the market, so for the last week, I’ve been using it non-stop and I’m ready to share my experience.

Here we go.


The Good


Specs

Specs on the SHIELD TV (2017) include a Tegra X1 processor with 256-core GPU, 3GB RAM, 4K and HDR support at 60fps, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound pass through over HDMI, 16GB of built-in storage (base model), dual USB 3.0 ports for expandable/adoptable storage and data transfer, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 and CEC support, and Android 7.0.

On paper, the SHIELD TV (2017) features the same specs as the original SHIELD TV, but let it be known, that’s not a bad thing. The 2015 model of SHIELD TV was easily outperforming any competition it had and it continues to do so. According to NVIDIA, even with using the same specs this year, the SHIELD TV (2017) outperforms its current competition by 3x, at least in their own benchmarks. To me, as an average dude who cares more about real world usage than benchmark performance, I can attest that the SHIELD TV (2017) performs great, especially with the addition of Android 7.0 “Nougat.” It’s a fast and smooth experience, pretty much the only thing I’m really concerned with. As long as I’m not seeing any jank when switching between apps or playing games, you won’t hear any complaints from me, and so far, all is well in the jank department.

Hardware

An aspect of the original SHIELD TV I quite admired was the design. It wasn’t some plain, boring box with a HDMI port slapped on the backside. Instead, it was an angular, alien-like design complete with NVIDIA’s green colored light that would shine whenever the box was powered on. If we were judging devices based purely on looks, SHIELD TV was an easy winner.

With the updated box, NVIDIA did not shy away from its ambitious hardware design, keeping it nearly identical in terms of appearance and shape. However, NVIDIA was able to take the same components of 2015’s box and jam them into a much smaller vessel, allowing owners to place the SHIELD TV in much smaller confinements. While having space for the original SHIELD TV was never an issue for me, I’d imagine that having a set-top box with a more compact footprint could be beneficial to some.

As it stands, the SHIELD TV remains my choice as the best designed set-top box on the Android TV market. There’s simply nothing that comes close.

SHIELD Controller Redesign

Beyond the smaller box hardware, NVIDIA appears to have focused immensely on the SHIELD Controller, one of the two ways buyers have of interacting with the SHIELD TV. In fact, when speaking to one NVIDIA representative, they stated that they were somewhat embarrassed by the original SHIELD Controller, with its rather bulky body. The updated controller is around 20% smaller than the original, and if I do say so myself, it feels absolutely terrific in-hand. I have been using the SHIELD Controller almost exclusively to navigate the SHIELD TV’s menus and play games, coming away extremely impressed with its battery life, lack of latency when playing games, and just the overall feel of the buttons and triggers.

When I first saw the updated controller, I wasn’t quite sure about the triangle-heavy design, but once you pick it up and hold it, it’s a completely different story. It’s as if each little ridge was designed to perfectly match up with the shape of a human hand, leading to what was hours of gaming with zero hand fatigue or soreness. Even when I go hard on my Xbox over the weekends (Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc.), my hands can be sometimes sore afterwards, so the fact that I wasn’t experiencing any issues after long gaming sessions had me praising the work NVIDIA has done.

On top of that, for both the SHIELD Controller and SHIELD Remote, NVIDIA added in an IR blaster, allowing users to change settings on their TVs and receivers. Because everyone seems to love IR blasters, this was a good move, but I haven’t found myself using it just yet.

As I have already written, if you already own a SHIELD TV (2015) and don’t think it necessary to purchase an updated box, just get a new SHIELD Controller. You won’t regret it.

Gaming and Performance

For testing the gaming aspect of the new SHIELD TV, I played a few different things. My most playtime went to No Man’s Sky, though, as I had never played it before and I really enjoy the “I’m all alone” aspect of exploring and mining new worlds. It has its relaxing moments, but also has intense space battle moments, too. Considering that the game was being streamed from NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW west coast servers, and it actually is quite the process intense title, I came across zero performance issues. While the game itself does have a few bugs (random crashes, slight frame rate drops when entering new star systems), none of that I can attribute to SHIELD’s performance.

I also downloaded and played a few games locally from Google Play, such as Alto’s Adventure, Never Alone, and Resident Evil 5. During that time, everything was buttery smooth and I came across no issues. This is no shock to me, though, as I played the same exact titles on my older SHIELD TV in the past and never had any problems. Provided they run the same Tegra X1 processor and 3GB RAM, I wasn’t expecting to have any issues in the first place. In theory, while some may think NVIDIA didn’t do enough to upgrade the specs found in the SHIELD TV, it’s still one of, if not the best performing Android TV box you can buy.

  

With purchase of a SHIELD TV, gamers will find access to GeForce NOW, NVIDIA’s paid subscription game streaming service. This is what I used to stream No Man’s Sky, which is not a free game to play. Beyond NMS, there are loads of other gaming titles, with others being added all of the time. For me, it’s hard to say whether GeForce NOW is a great investment, considering I typically stick to only one genre of gaming, being FPS. I’m a big Call of Duty and Battlefield guy, both of which I play with friends on the Xbox One. Because my online friends are there and I’m already invested in Xbox’s ecosystem with my library of games, I don’t know if adding another monthly expense for access to GeForce NOW would be a good thing. However, if you don’t own a PS4, Xbox One, or dedicated gaming PC, GeForce NOW makes a lot of sense. With a subscription, you get free access to a large number of titles, plus the ability to buy other AAA titles and simply stream them from the cloud. If you want to game, but don’t have a money tree in your backyard for new consoles and physical games, it seems like a good buy.

Regardless of whether I think it worth it or not, I can say that streaming games on the SHIELD TV has been my favorite thing to do so far and it works flawlessly.

Software

Included on the SHIELD TV is the latest build of Android TV, based on Android 7.0 “Nougat.” This has been my first experience with the updated Android TV, and so far, there’s much to like. There’s an updated app switching option you can access by double-pressing the Home (Circle) button, plus NVIDIA has built in its beloved Share menu.

With Share, experienced SHIELD device owners will know what I’m referencing, but it allows users to share broadcasts of whatever is taking place on your screen. For example, if I’m in a gaming session and about to take on a boss level, I can start streaming the action straight to Twitch via a linked account. If entire gameplay sharing isn’t your cup of tea, this Share UI is also where users can snap screenshots, all accessed by long pressing the Home button. Users can also save recorded videos for later editing and uploading to be done.

    

Beyond that, Android TV is still pretty barebones. There’s a slide-out system for accessing the Settings menu, allowing users to go through all of the basic options you’d expect to see. From here, you can tweak your network settings, account settings, storage settings, and everything else.

In my view, Android TV has gotten much better, thanks to a less is more approach. Once you boot up, you’re met with suggestions for YouTube videos and games you can play, plus a list of already-installed applications. I mean, really, what else do you need? From what I can tell, Nougat has helped smoothen up the experience, so I’m grateful for that.

Price and Availability

The newest SHIELD TV package starts at $199 for the base 16GB model, with a PRO model also available at $299. The PRO model differs in a single way, being that the SHIELD TV comes with 500GB of storage, aimed at those who may like to have their own media server for streaming purposes or just really need a ton of local storage for games and apps. You should also note that the PRO model doesn’t go on sale until late January, but is available for pre-order at all participating retailers. For the average person, though, the standard model should be just fine, coupled with the ability to utilize USB 3.0 ports for additional storage needs.

Summing up the overall package, $199 is a killer deal. While the SHIELD Remote used to be a $50 accessory, it is now bundled in, giving more value to the package.

On top of the sweet pricing, you can pretty much pick this box up wherever you’d like. It’s available on NVIDIA’s website, Amazon, Newegg, Fry’s, Best Buy, B&H, plus others.

Updates

NVIDIA has a good track record in updating its devices. From my experience, the SHIELD TV has been no exception, with a major update sure to come at some point this year, being the update that brings Google Assistant integration and NVIDIA SPOT support. From what I can tell, NVIDIA truly cares about having the latest and greatest software in the hands of its users, and that is evidenced by the company’s transparency whenever updates are made available. There is a dedicated webpage to track what software is available and what it contains, unlike other OEMs that just push updates without going into detail with what’s inside. To me, this is what all consumers should demand.

If you opt to purchase a SHIELD TV, you can rest assured that NVIDIA has your back with the software updates.

Somewhere in the Middle


Storage

16GB of onboard storage is all you get with the base model of SHIELD TV, which in 2017, does seem a little small. 32GB, like smartphones, should be the bare minimum these days. Considering the SHIELD TV is strictly a media consumption device, with users downloading plenty of apps and games, it just seems natural to up that base storage a bit.

For anyone who feels this way, though, your sentiments have been addressed, technically. Thanks to adoptable storage on the Android OS, users can simply throw in a USB flash drive and up that storage to a more suitable capacity. Of course, high capacity USB drives are not free, so that is an added expense that some may not want to pay. On the other hand, portable storage has become much more affordable, with NVIDIA recommending a Samsung 128GB flash drive that costs just $33 on Amazon. That’s not bad at all.

Point being, in what could just be a move to keep the price down, NVIDIA thought it fine to include a small amount of storage on the SHIELD TV. While there is a way to increase storage, it requires an extra step by the user, which could have been avoided by simply upping the base capacity just a little bit. While I could easily fill up 16GB of storage, it would be a bit more difficult to fill up 32GB. I don’t play that many games. Keep in mind, too, that the 2015 base model featured a SD slot for extra storage, something that was removed (probably due to lack of space) on the new model.

Again, this is not a deal breaker issue, provided there are solutions (buy a flash drive or buy a 500GB PRO model), but something I felt necessary to address.

Unfinished Product?

This is an interesting notion that I have been throwing around, and maybe the most important point I have to make on the new SHIELD TV. At it stands, the SHIELD TV (2017) is essentially the same exact experience I had with my 2015 model. Yes, the new one has Nougat and a new SHIELD Controller, but once the 2015 model receives the same 5.0 Upgrade, it will again be identical. As a consumer, I can also purchase a new SHIELD Controller and then I really have the same experience across both models. The only time this will change is when Google Assistant is made available for the 2017 model. At that point, owning the new SHIELD TV will be like owning a new product.

My point is, I really like the new SHIELD TV, but it doesn’t exactly offer anything different over the last one, especially once the 5.0 Upgrade is available for older units. On top of that, NVIDIA and Google have clarified that Google Assistant will come to all Android TV boxes at some point, so when all is said and done, there should be nothing here to make current SHIELD TV (2015) owners upset. This can be seen as a very good thing in the eyes of old SHIELD owners, but then there’s nothing truly exciting about the new one. It really is just a smaller box with a battery controller.

In my eyes, since the 2015 and 2017 model are so similar, I wonder why NVIDIA didn’t opt to wait to release the newer model until Google Assistant was ready for rollout. It would have given everyone a reason to pick up the new box immediately and take advantage of those sweet new features. Why not wait for NVIDIA SPOT to be ready for release, too? If they had waited until then, you really have something to excite potential buyers. Instead, NVIDIA used this ready-to-ship hardware and the concept of NVIDIA SPOT to make its CES keynote a bit more exciting. While I can understand the move, it just makes this SHIELD TV launch seem a little underwhelming to me. It’s not that the underlying hardware and software is lackluster, it’s that you can find the exact same thing in a model from 2015. Am I the only person who finds that odd?

Even more funny, while the specs from 2015 are being used in this new hardware, it’s still a better experience than anything else on the market. Things like this make me appreciate NVIDIA’s willingness to completely overdo it with SoC performance and GPUs.

The Not-so-Good


Replaceable Battery for SHIELD Remote

In an attempt to find something wrong with SHIELD TV, I will say that NVIDIA’s move to go with replaceable batteries on the SHIELD Remote is pretty silly. According to NVIDIA, a fresh battery on the SHIELD Remote should last about a calendar year of average usage. Out of the box, my SHIELD Remote appears to be at about 75%, meaning I’ve got about 3/4 of a year left of life. That’s weak.

Furthermore, NVIDIA doesn’t go out of its way to explain what type of battery you need, or how to open the battery slot on the bottom of the remote. For anyone who asks, you’ll need CR2032 batteries, two of them. To replace, press a pointy object (pen, SIM removal tool, etc.) into the bottom of the SHIELD Remote and the tray will pop out.

I’ll admit, this issue is a nitpick, but microUSB charging seemed just fine to me on the 2015 model.

Videos


Unboxing

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Verdict


Writing a verdict for the new SHIELD TV is pretty darn easy. It’s the best Android TV box on the market. Period. It’s got the gaming performance, exciting new features coming, fantastic controller, and NVIDIA backing it up with speedy updates. As a consumer, you can’t ask for a better experience. While one could argue that releasing the box without its upcoming Google Assistant feature is a lame move, the fact is, it’s coming, and in the long run, that’s all that matters.

If you are in the market for a beautiful Android TV and gaming experience, you would be crazy not to pick up a SHIELD TV.

  • James J. Brown II

    Does the Shield have unified search across all linked accounts, with the ability to locate seasons and shows across multiple streaming services? e.g. Season 1-6 on Netflix, Season 7 Episodes 1-3 on Hulu, etc…?

  • Michael Bassett

    HIJACK: Looking to get the Shield Tablet, any word on a new one being released? Selling a old Nexus 7 1st gen so I want a decent Tablet for movies/games, any bad things about it? Worth ~$190 for a new one?

    • Nosboost300

      i got tired of waiting for a refresh and just jmped on the k1

  • Josh Rabinowitz

    You forgot to mention the removal of an IR receiver in the 16GB model. This prevents the use of Logitech Harmony (older IR only) remotes, unless you buy a FLIRC.

    • Brock Dawkins

      Doesn’t it have Bluetooth? Would be much better than IR.

  • envoy510

    How does this compare to the Roku if you just use Plex, Amazon and Netflix?

  • Scott Miller

    Actually as long as you get the new controller, Google Assistant will be available on the 2015 model. They’re not trying to sell this to existing owners, they are giving existing owners a clear upgrade path with the new controller.

  • James Bray

    Can I buy it sans controller yet?

    • vidvox

      No you can’t, for the same reason you can’t buy a PS4 Slim sans controller.

  • PewPewYoureDead

    Tim, I’ve heard that using the base SHIELD model as a Plex server isn’t possible because the 16GB is too low for its streaming. And that Plex doesn’t work well with microSD adaptable storage so you MUST get the Pro version. Any idea if that’s true?

    • Brock Dawkins

      I have the first gen base shield TV and a WD mycloud to store my movie files. Works perfectly fine. I don’t have any huge ultra HD movie files transcoding on it though.

      • Nosboost300

        This is the route i’m going.. just ordered this shield tv and also am using a WD mycloud to store all my movies and shows to stream. very excited to also have this sit in my living room but stream my games from my desktop in another room. will be great when having small get together and not wanting to shove 6 people in my room to show them what my gtx 1080 can do.

    • vidvox

      It is possible to use it as a Plex server just fine but there is an issue with where Plex stores the metadata so even if you expand the storage it will still be limited to the original pool available on the device. Therefore, if you have a very large library you will have to cut out things like boxart or other extras to fit more than 100’s of files worth of metadata.

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  • marcusmarcus2

    Maybe part of the reason they choose to keep the same specs is to help cost of pushing updates out to them. Them both being the same, they can probably develop updates cheaper and quicker than if they had 2 different spec’d devices.
    Just a guess.

  • Costin Rosu

    “The only time this will change is when Google Assistant is made available for the 2017 model. At that point, owning the new SHIELD TV will be like owning a new product.” – 2015 SATV will get the Google Assistant via OTA, just like the 2017 model 🙂 the only thing that will be missing out of the box will be the always on microphone for voice commands for the Google Assistant which can be fixed by getting the new Shield Controller

  • mrjayviper

    “looking to reclaim it’s own –thrown–” typo on the last word

  • Got the new SHIELD last week and the remote is the most annoying part about it. Not sure why they had to copy the Apple TV remote, but the circular shaped navigation button is awful. Also, the UI is noticeably laggy in 4K mode. Not really what I was expecting from something with so much power.

    Also hate that you can’t multitask like a normal Android device. You leave the Netflix app and it closes completely, losing your spot. Gets the job done for now, but wondering if the Roku Premiere wouldn’t have been a better value for straight video streaming.

    Oh, yeah. Nice review, Tim. 👌

  • lamenting

    “I’ll admit, this issue is a nitpick, but microUSB charging seemed just fine to me on the 2015 model.”

    When you use this as much as my family does, having to charge this all the time was a pain the in ass.

    • Prizm

      Can’t agree more, rechargeable remotes suck balls big time. Changing to batteries is one big reason why I bought the 2017 model and skipped the original.

  • George

    Can the Nougat update make the 2015 16GB model capable of using a 256GB micro SD card? I already put a Samsung 128GB one in there because I read that was the most it could read/write at the time. I have a Samsung EVO 256GB card from the promotion that T-mobile had when you bought the Galaxy Note 7. I’d like to use that one if I could. Hope it doesn’t blow up though. I really like my Nvidia Shield TV. Use it everyday. Buying that controller is a no brainer. The current ones terrible.

  • Marc Corvo

    Love my shield, can’t wait to get some spots. Anyone know if the spot has an audio out like the echo dot?

    • Cory S

      Seriously doubt it. It plugs into the wall like an air freshener. That would be an odd thing to have coming out of it.

    • Spoke to NV about this, pretty sure it has a mic and speaker. They’re going to be sweet!

  • Paul Hansen

    Still waiting for my Pro to ship… come on 26th (Amazon ship date)

  • RobTheIcon

    “A low battery warning out of the box or slow performance is a symptom of the firmware not being up to date. Update the firmware to v1.01 or later by either selecting the “Accessory Update” shown in the recommendation row on the home screen or by going to Settings > SHIELD accessories and select your remote and then select the firmware update. This should fix low battery warnings and performance issues. If you are still getting low battery warning after updating the firmware, use a pen to push on the battery tray indentation on the bottom of the remote. Pull out the battery tray and then reinsert the battery tray. You should now see full battery level.”

  • Joey Riz

    still waiting on that update to the OG unit…

  • Tarik Moafi

    Did they fix the wifi issues ? Streaming games over wifi on the 2015 is impossible. Mine has to be connected via Ethernet. My 2015 model also doesn’t support the controller working through a wall, it constantly disconnects. Weak wifi and controller range are the two fixes I hope they made.

    • Cory S

      Mine streams over WiFi fine with a strong 5ghz AC connection. I would really try to get a ethernet cable to it though. WiFi is always going to have interference issues from time to time that are outside of your control.

    • Guy Montag

      I just bought one, got it today. The wifi sucks compared to my Nexus 7. It just isn’t capable of tuning into to the signal as well, especially if i’m 2 rooms away from the base. Nexus 7, no problem at all, Shield K1, bad. Probably going to return it. Wifi Analyzer shows it gets about half the signal as the Nexus 7 does.

  • MJ

    I like the new SHIELD TV and had the old one at one time but… It still could have used a spec bump after two years to me. I was hoping Nougat would help but the interface still lags to me . Another pet peeve of mine… Why when you turn it on it spins looking for recommendations when they are all turned off? Worse, it takes up a good chuck of real estate on the home screen to tell you that.

    • George

      I am having all of those issues too. Mine takes forever to turn on or restart and I notice lag. Some apps crash occasionally too. I’m hoping Nougat fixes a lot of those problems

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    • Pyro411

      Something that frequently bugs me which isn’t exactly Nvidia’s fault… 3rd party App support, like games that support controllers but not the Shield Tv. If they could get more games & various other apps it’d be beyond nice.

  • Russ

    I don’t mind the new remote requiring CR2032’s, since that means you don’t have to plug it in. A remote is most useful when it’s not sitting next to the device it controls.

    That being said, what I’d really like is a Bluetooth remote with the Spot’s mic/speaker, plus wireless charging and a Qi charging pad that you can sit on a table next to your couch. I think that could be more useful to me than the always-listening gamepad that doesn’t have a speaker built into it.

    To answer your question about waiting for the updates, I don’t think NVidia jumped the gun. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Google Home to launch in Canada, but now I could buy a Shield TV knowing that Google Assistant will work on it (though I’m still waiting to see how well it’s implemented). If I bought a Google Home now and the Shield TV updates were announced in March or April, I might not consider it. Also, this means that original owners get an OS update now, and another one in a few months. That’s a win for customer satisfaction.

    • Johny Bravo

      bluetooth remote would destroy battery in days… just look at ps4 universal media remote how they screwed up

      • Guest

        I have the Mi Box with a bluetooth remote it lasts fine? it takes 2 AAA batteries.

        • scottalias

          I’ve had two batteries in my Mi Box Bluetooth remote over three months now.

      • Russ

        I might not have been clear: I want the remote to have wireless charging so that it can live on the Qi pad and always be charged when I need it.

    • Chris Knepper

      Why don’t they just do what Google did with the Nexus Player and use regular (AA) batteries for the remote? Last quite long and easily replaceable.

  • seattle tech

    It is the best android experience because NO ONE will make a box with a SoC more powerful than the cheapest of budget phones.

  • ncsurob

    Did you do anything other than play games? Stream content or use YouTube? Play local video files?

    • Watched a few movies from Google Play, watched the OA on Netflix and a few YouTube videos. There’s not much to say, it’s a basic experience you’ll find on any other Android TV box. Is there a particular area you’re wondering about?

  • Qbancelli

    I sold my OG Shield because Android TV is not yet available on Directv Now.
    Was lucky to get $200 for it on Craigslist.
    Then bought a $89 Fire TV box and couldn’t be happier. Don’t miss the Shield at all.

    • MJ

      I did the opposite, dropped DirecTV Now because it wasn’t available for SHIELD TV (and a couple of other reasons).

    • LaFave07

      If you don’t play games or aren’t an audio/video enthusiast, then the Shield is overkill. I’d probably recommend the Fire TV after the Shield. I have both.

      • Cory S

        It’s also one of the only set top options I have found that can natively stream (with out transcoding) almost anything a plex server can toss at it. It’s pretty much the only thing I use mine for and couldn’t be happier with it.

        • LaFave07

          Yeah it should because I stream everything from my PC via SMB with Kodi and it hasn’t hiccuped yet. I’m talking Bluray Remux’s even.

      • Russ

        I think you’re right about that, but I’m curious if Google Assistant and SmartThings will change how the Shield TV is viewed and marketed. It will become more useful every time Google Assistant adds features, and has a decent chance of being a great all-in-one solution for home automation, streaming, and gaming.

        • scottalias

          If you can wait, the Mi Box is getting an update soon, details are sketchy but it may include Google Assistant with the Nougat update. It’s no Shield but for $69 it’s a good Android TV experience.

          • MadMartigan

            Any links on that? I’ve got the new Mi Box and would love to read more on any update plans.

            I have to reboot that thing every couple of days due to audio-sync issues playing videos over LAN.

          • scottalias
          • MadMartigan

            Noice. From the sounds of it, we’ll be able to voice-activate it as well. Good deal.

          • scottalias

            Yeah, I’ve considered upgrading to the shield, but I’m going to wait until the update. I’m pretty happy with the Mi Box.

          • scottalias

            Have you done the recent software update? I used to have to reboot it every day, I don’t anymore. It’s OTA.

          • MadMartigan

            Just did that one yesterday. Hopefully that takes care of it.

          • scottalias

            Did you read the Verge article? All Android TV devices, including the Mi Box, are getting Google Assistant. The rumor is Xiaomi is releasing the Nougat update right after Chinese New Year celebrations are over. Their Twitter account says “early first quarter 2017.”

          • MadMartigan

            …I did. I was just commenting on the OTA I just installed, hoping it would take care of the audio-sync issues I have been having. So far,so good.

            Assistant later on is just a bonus.

          • scottalias

            I have a Google Home and I’ve not been impressed with its ability to work with Android TV the way it does with Chromecast. I’m hoping that changes with the Google Assistant update.

            I had audio sync issues months ago, but that cleared up, not sure what happened.

          • Pierced_hammer

            Isnt Mi boxes only like 35ish bucks on amazon? from my experience the fire tv box is way faster in navigation and pretty much every thing

          • scottalias

            They aren’t sold on Amazon. I’m not sure all Android TV devices are getting Google Assistant, but that is the rumor, and I’m positive no Fire Stick will ever get Google Assistant. The Mi Box is not slow at all, I don’t have a clue as to what you mean by “from my experience” you don’t seem to know anything about the device in question.

          • Russ

            Thanks for the tip! I hadn’t heard anything about that. Though I have to admit that the Spot is a big selling point for me.

          • scottalias

            It’s not as good as the Nvidia Shield but it’s not bad. If you do Android games, pay extra for the Shield, but for streaming Netflix types services and Kodi, it’s very good, and has the Chromecast (aka Google Cast Receiver) built in feature I love.

    • Pierced_hammer

      put Kodi on it and that box rocks!!

    • JBMTechTycoon

      I just tried DirecTV Now last night on the new Shield TV; worked flawlessly. I got my Shield from Amazon and my setup wasn’t automatic and after the update, it left me with a blank screen. Called tech support and they walked me through some steps to kind of force it to show on the screen. Got a replacement from Amazon and it’s doing the same thing (including not automatically finishing the setup). Not sure if it’s because my TV probably doesn’t have HDMI 2.0b or what, but now Nvidia is sending me one to replace the 2nd one. Very frustrating. I’m thinking of finishing the setup and make it skip the update initially and then come back to it. If I have the same issue with this one, I may just give up and go with a much cheaper Android TV box.