Nvidia Shield Android TV-1

When we reviewed the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, we told you it was one of your best bets if you were looking for a high-end set-top box. Fast-forward nearly a year and this continues to be the case! We only a couple complaints: Android TV needed more polishing and game availability.

Today we are seeing both issues being improved. We have learnt at Google IO 2016 that Android N for Android TV will grant a few key improvements. These include picture-in-picture mode, live TV recording and 4K HDR support.

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In addition, NVIDIA is announcing support for a plethora of new apps, as well as 4K content and games. Let’s check them out.

New apps:

  • Spotify (available 5/18 at 3pm)
  • WatchESPN
  • Watch ABC
  • ABC News
  • Freeform
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • CNN Go
  • NPR News
  • MTV
  • Comedy Central
  • Deezer
  • VUDU (Shield only)

4K Content (Shield only):

  • VUDU (app launch coming exclusively on Android TV to SHIELD)
  • YouTube 4K@60 fps

HDR content (Shield only):

  • Netflix HDR
  • GameStream HDR

New games (SHIELD only): 

  • Resident Evil 5 (native Android)
  • Shadwen (GeForce NOW)
  • Homefront: The Revolution (GeForce NOW)

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Still priced at $199 (for the base model), the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is one of the priciest alternatives around, so it’s good to see your investment is paying off. The company has been pretty good at updating its media device. New Android versions, optimizations and games haven’t taken long to reach the unit.

Are any of you proud NVIDIA Shield Android TV owners? How are you liking this device now, compared to when you first got it?

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