Originally Posted by Mocs123
I don't have any blu-ray rips or anything on a NAS server so the bit-steaming of the Shield probably isn't an advantage to me at this time. I didn't know Roku did ads. What about the Apple TV HD? Are there any differences other than the resolution vs. the Apple TV 4K?
I have both an AppleTV and a couple of Shields. I like both. We use both weekly if not daily in my house.
Without regard for ecosystems and personal preferences on IOS-vs-Android, I think the things that I prefer about the Shield over the ATV are:
-the ability to bitstream the lossless audio to my AVR for my Blu Ray and 4K blu ray rips.
- the ability to support a wider variety of DIY DVR apps/plug-ins, including the one I'm currently using (HDHR DVR), many of which aren't supported within Apple iTunes.
- Gaming. Mostly for my son, but occassionally I join him. We log in using Steam credentials and play on NVidia's cloud computers. We play locally over the intranet using a 1060 GPU in my house. We've bought a few Android games that came out of NVidia's "Lightspeed Studios" just for Shield.
Without regard for ecosystems and personal preferences on IOS-vs-Android, I think the things that I prefer about the ATV over the Shield are:
- Superior upscaling of 1080p to 2160p when using a 4K TV
- Dolby Vision support for 4K HDR streaming content (Netflix for us).
From what you've described, I don't think any
of those 5 things apply to you. Therefore, I'd recommend you make the decision based on what ecosystem you prefer and/or what pricing you can find...