Android Oreo update is now rolling out to the NVIDIA Shield TV

The NVIDIA Shield TV, the most popular Android TV set-top box, is now starting to receive the Shield Experience Upgrade 7.0 which updates the device to use Android 8.0 Oreo. Even though this version of Android TV has been available since August of last year, NVIDIA chose to not update their devices until now because there weren’t enough apps that supported the new home screen launcher layout. Now that enough apps have finally added support, NVIDIA feels it’s ready to release the update to users. Read more ›

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NVIDIA now offers the Shield TV with only a remote for $179

NVIDIA is now making their Shield TV available without a game controller for $179. That’s $20 less than the original $199.99 bundle that includes both a game controller and remote control. This is new bundle includes the same 16GB model that was released in January of this year. Considering the Shield game controller costs $59.99 on its own, you’re going to want to be pretty certain that you don’t want a game controller before buying the new bundle. The game controller is also required for the hands-free “Ok Google” capabilities that were promised in January of this year but have still not arrived. Pre-orders for the new bundle begin today and ship on October 18.

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NVIDIA Shield TV can now stream 4K content from Google Play

It took a while, but the NVIDIA Shield TV is now able to stream 4K movies and TV shows from Google Play. Google added 4K content to their marketplace when the Chromecast Ultra debuted last year, but strangley, the new Shield TV didn’t launch with access to that library. That misstep has now been corrected, which adds another 4K source to NVIDIA’s lineup. You can also now cast 4K content to the Shield TV.

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Hands on with the new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV and new Spot microphone

I got a chance to see and play around with the new NVIDIA Shield TV that was announced at CES. Here’s initial hands on impressions of the first Android TV streaming device that comes with an Amazon Video app. Read more ›

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Hands on with the Amazon Video app on the new NVIDIA Shield TV

I just had some hands on time with the new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV that was just revealed last night at CES. Seeing how it’s the first Android TV streaming box to have an official Amazon Video app, I jumped immediately into the app to have a look around. Read more ›

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NVIDIA announces new Shield TV with Amazon Video and Google Voice Assistant

At their CES keynote, NVIDIA has just announced the next generation Shield TV streaming box running Android TV. Specific hardware specs were not revealed, but NVIDIA says it has three times the performance of any other streaming box on the market. The device’s biggest new features are support for 4K HDR, Amazon Video, and Google’s Voice Assistant. Read more ›

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First images of the new NVIDIA Shield TV, remote, and controller

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Android Police has published images of what is very likely the new NVIDIA Shield TV that is expected to be announced at CES next month. The silhouette of the box, remote, and controller match the FCC documents I discovered earlier this year. Android Police has images showing two different sizes for the Shield TV itself. It’s unknown if this means there will be two new models released or if one of the images is of the existing 1st-gen SHield TV, indicating the new remote and controller will also be bundled with the existing hardware.

It is likely that the 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV will be less powerful than the existing model, in order to come in at a lower price point and compete with the Fire TV and Mi Box. NVIDIA has repackaged older hardware before, so my money is on there being a single all-new budget Shield TV and a new bundle that includes the old box but with the new peripherals.

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NVIDIA will reportedly reveal their new Shield TV in January at CES 2017

Ever since discovering FCC documents for a new NVIDIA Shield TV earlier this year, it has been evident that a next generation device was in the works. Now a source tells SlashGear that the new device will be announced during NVIDIA’s keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 4th at 6:30pm PT. From the FCC documents, we already know the new game controller and new remote control will make the switch from WiFi direct connectivity to Bluetooth, and SlashGear’s source has confirmed that change. NVIDIA will also reportedly announce new 4K streaming partners, including Google Play Movies.

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Plex’s new beta DVR functionality now available on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV

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Earlier this month, Plex announced that its server software could now function as a DVR to record content from networked HDHomeRun tuners. NVIDIA has now announced that its SHIELD Android TV box has received an updated Plex app that allows it to take advantage of the new DVR functionality. Unlike every other streaming box on the market, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV can function not only as a Plex client for content playback, but also as a Plex server which sends media to other devices. This unique capability, along with the updated Plex app, now allows it to also record content using Plex’s new DVR feature.

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New NVIDIA Shield TV passes through the FCC

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We saw a new NVIDIA Shield Game Controller and a new NVIDIA Shield Remote appear in the FCC last week, and now it’s the main device’s turn. Appearing in the FCC this morning is a new NVIDIA Shield TV carrying model number P2897 abd FCC ID VOB-P2897. The device is described as an “Android TV Game Console,” so from that alone, it seems NVIDIA will still be pushing the Shield TV as a gaming device first and a streaming media box second. As usual, the FCC filing doesn’t reveal much about the device due to confidentiality requests submitted by NVIDIA, but we do know it’s still an 802.11ac WiFi device and it appears to have the same general rectangular shape as the current model. Now that a new Shield TV is confirmed, it shouldn’t be long before we hear about what it packs inside.

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