Originally Posted by waitsone
I may get the Shield, I have heard that it streams things like YouTube TV and Netflix and other apps better than the TV's internal apps. I wanted to get something that I can load Android apps on so N Shield maybe my choice. I read that I can get every streaming app I need on it, except Hulu live TV, so I guess I maybe going with YouTube live TV so I can get rid of Direct TV finally.
EVERY external streaming device streams apps better than a tv's internal apps. That's a no brainer. People who visit forums, generally are not novices. Especially if they visit AVSforum. We go for the best video and audio that we can afford and physically install. AVR's are better than sound bars. OLED is better than LED. And external streaming devices are ALWAYS better than a built in tv or dvd player app.
As for the shield; it's great. But ONLY if you're really into Kodi, plex, PC gaming and you want to use the shield as a hub, etc. Different people have different requirements. If all I care about is streaming video, then I'm going to choose Roku or Apple tv. Both are great and both have their advantages. Actually, I use BOTH. On my main tv I even have BOTH connected. People who are really into streaming, use Roku and Apple tv. I don't like Android, Chrome, or Amazon. Therefor, shield, Chromecast/cube, Fire stick/cube, are NOT in my collection. I've tried them all. While all have their pros and cons; Roku and Apple tv have MORE Pros and LESS cons. Especially for compatibility.
But, if you have special needs, and you want android/Shield, go for it. It's definitely the best of the rest. But I'll take an ETHERNET Roku Ultra or Apple tv 4k over ANYTHING else. And definitely ethernet. Remember; WIFI is not there because it's BETTER. It's there for convenience. For people who don't know how to get an ethernet to work. WIFI is made for the Plug&PRAY generation. In the world of streaming; especially video; always use ethernet if you have the chance.