Originally Posted by DavAbq
I hate to say it but I had to look up the Nvidia Shield. Somehow it got under my radar, locked into DTV & ATV. Tell me, it looks like the menu system is much nicer than ATV. Is that what you find? Also, have they worked the passwords out better than Apple? I find it stupid and frustrating that my wife and I have to log out of/into ATV account, then the iTunes account then each destination. We should both be able to just leave ourselves logged in. Is the Shield any better in that regard?
I do prefer ATV for the most part for some reasons.
(a) I do find the whole navigation experience better with ATV. Shield has gotten better with each update, but I find it lacking for my preference.
(b) We use the same iTunes account in my house, so I have not had to log out and log in. My GF and I have different Netflix profiles, and Netflix on ATV does allow me to switch profiles easily, so the quirk seems to be with iTunes as its natively tied to the ATV main login account.
Also, not all movies bought on iTunes movies are on Movies Anywhere; sometimes they are available in a lower quality (no DV/Atmos) when on Movies Anywhere; TV shows from iTunes do not sync via Movies Anywhere. So, there is no perfect solution to watch apple movies/shows on NVidia Shield.
(c) Some apps are horrendously designed on Shield. The one that bothers me the most is Hulu
(d) Netflix does not support Atmos on Shield.
(e) I hate the whole "I upscale everything to 4K" thing about Shield. Overall, the picture, in my subjective opinion, looks washed out when compared to ATV, even when content is in DV/HDR. Someone here suggested using Kodi with Netflix addon, have not tried that yet
(f) Last I heard, Shield does not support Dolby Vision
(g) For playing local media, I find Infuse app on AT4 to be much better than Shield's Plex
I do like Shield in some cases:
(a) Youtube - ATV does only stereo and up to 1080p on ATV
(b) Plex on Shield when I have a local file with Atmos audio. Infuse app on ATV does not pass through audio due to various apple limitations
(c) Again, could be my subjective opinion - while ATV does LPCM Multi 5.1 audio for most cases, Shield does Dolby 5.1 and the latter seems to sound better