A Very Fast Machine
I bought the NVidia Shield Set Top Box from Amazon- set it up last night. Beautiful piece of gear. Smaller than I imagined - it's about the size of a DVD case.
Background: I have the new Sony 43" 4K television - the XBR43X830C. Great TV, with a great picture. But, I found that while streaming 4K content from YouTube or Netflix, I would get occasional stutters. The picture would stop, then start. This was despite me having 75/75 broadband via FIOS, with my TV connected with CAT6.
I stream a lot of material, using a PS4 and AppleTV, and I had never experienced this kind of stop-and-go action. So, I wanted to see if that was just part of the 4K experience? Or was the Sony's internet connectivity/graphics capability causing it?
That's why I bought the Shield. It has the same Android TV interface. Same Netflix 4K app. But - it's pretty maxxed out in specs, including ultra fast internet speed. I wanted to see if it would provide a better viewing experience, using the Shield as the engine, and the Sony as just the screen.
Turned out it was a good call. The Shield provides a much more stable 4K viewing experience. Hardly a stutter at all. Every now and then, during a graphics-intensive section of a 4K video, there might be a nanosecond of start-stop - but nothing like the Sony.
It is a redundant piece of gear. The Sony is Android TV, and so is the Shield. But for $200, the shield has improved my enjoyment of the 4K experience.
Also, the Shield is wicked fast when scrolling through the Android TV interface - blazing fast. A very enjoyable, good-looking, capable piece of gear.
That said - any other ideas about how to maximize the 4K streaming experience?
Sorry, if it's not in UHD, I won't watch it!