Originally Posted by KingLion
I just purchased the Nvidia Shield TV (locally) to test out some of my files. It's playing my 4K HDR files, mkv, mts, mov, everything I'm throwing at it after installing VLC to read the files. I have a 2 TB USB Drive connected directly to it and it's plugged into Input (HDMI) 2.
This thing was $194 after taxes!!
Is this something the 900e should be able to do should be able to do without me getting this $200 device? I have tried to plug in the same 2 TB HD directly to the TV, it knows a drive has a plugged in but can never see any of the HD's data. The drive is formatted as OS X Extended also, I heard NTFS would work but not sure. Wanted to check with you guys 1st.
Originally Posted by KingLion
I don't know if I'll keep, It ended up being $194 after taxes. I still want an Xbox One X and if the Xbox can handle everything this can, I'd rather my money go to that.
I have a Sony 940E. I really really like those 2017 900-series Sony's. A few of us in this Shield thread (at least Groove and I, for sure) use them. Awesome looking screens, great FALD, great motion processing, great size, great HDR, etc etc et.
But the "native apps" in this "smart TV" suck. They definitely sucked up all the processing horsepower and dedicated it towards PQ and not "Android"... Shield Android >> Sony TV Android. I'm not going to weigh in on whether it "can" or "can't". What I"ll say is if you paid what you probably paid for a 900E, I'm not sure why you wouldn't eagerly spend another $200 for something like a Shield (or alternative) that will do what you're trying to do way better than how the Sony will.
As an avid Shield fan, there's a handful of things that I think make Shield particularly useful, at least for my use-case, compared to most/all of "the rest of the (mainstream) field" (Roku, FireTV, ATV, CCU, etc etc etc):
- If you rip your own blu ray collection, most of the "mainstream" playback software options (Plex and Kodi, but not Emby, at least not the last time I tried it, which was probably more than a year ago at this point) will bitstream lossless audio on Shield.
- Between native apps like HDHR DVR, Plex DVR, Android Live TV, etc, and various Kodi plugins like PVR.WMC for Windows Media Center, Shield supports/can access a wide range of what I'd consider "popular" DIY-DVR options...
- If you are a hardcore gamer and you've got a higher end NVidia graphics card somewhere on your intranet (GTX 1080, 1070, etc), PC gamestreaming to Shield is pretty legit
- The GeForce Now gaming service is a pretty low-cost option that opens the door to a pretty nice selection of AAA titles. Gaming is probably more on-par via this service with a PS3/Xbox 360 than it is a PS4/Xbox One, but at $200 (or less with a deal) for the hardware and $8 a month for the subscription, and the capabilities mentioned above, it's a much lower-cost option than PS4/Xbox One, too.
- Being AndroidTV it supports Google Cast for a pretty wide range of apps for music, videos, and google photos too, which we take advantage of a lot in my house.
If none of those things apply to you, there's a pretty good chance (IMO, at least) that there's nothing *special* about a Shield that you can't find/do with one (or more) of the other alternatives out there...