The Nvidia Shield TV is our favorite media streamer. Even though the set-top box is well over three years old at this point, Nvidia continues to support it, bringing Android 8.0 Oreo to the device a few months ago.
Now, the Shield TV is getting some love from Amazon, in the form of both Amazon Music and a global rollout of the Nvidia Shield TV skill in the Amazon Alexa app.
Once you’ve updated your Shield TV to the Shield Experience Upgrade 7.2, you can fire up your Alexa app on your smartphone and add your Shield to the list of skills. Once done, you can say, “Hey Alexa” to either your smartphone or your Echo hardware and ask it to do things like turn on your Shield TV, alter the volume, open apps, etc.
Previously, this skill was only available to the United States, but now it appears to be available globally.
After you get all set up with Alexa, you can fire up Amazon Music to listen to some tunes. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have access to a variety of songs ad-free at no extra cost. However, if you want ad-free access to all 50 million songs Amazon has on offer, you’ll have to sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited, which costs $7.99 per month.