Originally Posted by Josh Z
Thanks. Any notable gaps in things it supports or doesn't support?
I see a bunch of complaints on Amazon about limited app access and "crippled hardware."
The only app I miss on my 2019 Shield is Apple TV+, so I use my 4K Roku Ultra for that.
Since the main lure of the Shield is the AI Upscaling, and the only show I watch on Apple TV+ is For All Mankind
, which is in 4K anyway, I just switch streamers to watch that. I even have a 4K FireStick that I use only for Amazon Music HD, since (1) they haven't ported the HD version of that app to any of the other streamers and (2) to get 44/16 (CD quality) streams, the FireStick has to be locked to stereo PCM output.
So I use the other two streamers for one thing each, and the Shield for all other streams (including VUDU, Prime Video, Movies Anywhere, Vimeo, and Netflix). It even has a free web browser, "Puffin," available in the Play Store.
PS Since the Shield is a Chromecast receiver, I also use it to listen to TuneIn in my theater, "cast" from my phone over wifi, since that's the only way to get all the stations, and a good interface. (Their Roku app has a good interface but can't play some stations, while the FireStick and Shield have a crippled version of that app with no saved favorites and a broken search function. Casting from my phone to the Shield cures all those ills.)