Originally Posted by kbmb
I'm only mildly frustrated by my Roku Ultra. So far the only real problem I've been having are the chirps in all apps. If you watch enough on the weekends, it really starts to get annoying.
I posted this in the Shield forum but I'll re-post here in case anyone can answer. I've been interested in the Shield to an extent, but skill leaning towards the Roku.
Couple of questions for Shield owners that have also used a Roku:
1) I see some complaints on the Shields built in upscaler. How does the Shield upscaler compare to the Roku Ultra for 1080p content? We watch quite a bit of Netflix older shows that are all 1080p and Hulu, also 1080p. Would these programs look worse on the Shield compared to the Roku (both devices would be set to 4K, I don't want to have to switch settings back and forth).
2) 4K content on the Shield compared to the Roku? Any major differences? Clearer, softer?
3) With my Harmony Elite, I can have it go directly to any of the channels. This also integrates with Alexa. So I can say "Turn on Vudu" and Alexa/Harmony can turn everything on and launch Vudu. Can this be done with the Shield?
One of the big problems for me with the Shield is I'm on Comcast. So no app authentication for things like HBO Go, Showtime, PBS etc. I realize that's a Comcast issue, but still really annoying. I also try to consider which platform might get new apps first. I'm always hoping with Roku's market share that they would be targeted, but it seems like even Roku gets passed by these days in favor of Apple TV.
To answer my own thread, I bought a Shield to play around with for a bit. Again, really the only Roku issue I'm having right now is the chirping.
1) I didn't really notice much difference in 1080p content between the Shield and the Roku - both looked good.
2) Again, 4K and 4K HDR content between both looked the same to my eyes in my setup.
3) I couldn't find any way to have the Harmony go directly to apps.
I ended up returning the Shield. We really do like our Roku and I couldn't justify the cost to have another box in the house that did basically the same things (along with no ability to auth with Comcast). We don't do any local streaming (Plex/Kodi/etc). I looked at games, but didn't want to spend $7.99/month for GeForce Now just to play some older titles. The Google Play store was hit or miss on what apps were compatible with the Shield, and most of those apps are really just quick timesavers. I do think the Shield is a nice box. Very quick. Little clunky on the app store and updating apps OOB, but that was a one time thing. Harmony Elite setup was easy and it controlled everything. If I didn't have a Roku and was looking for a box - I would probably have a tough choice deciding between that and the Shield. And if Roku doesn't solve the chirping soon, and if I see platforms abandoning the Roku, then I might have to look at the Shield again (although it doesn't seem like anyone other than Nvidia cares about Android TV).