Originally Posted by Maverick0984
I am still on the fence with an Nvidia shield. Waiting for a solid deal. Primarily use an Xbox One for any streaming that the TV doesn't do natively but that is obviously not 4K. Until there is local 4K content, like perhaps ripped UHD Blurays, I'm not sure what an Nvidia shield adds to the feature set. Other than not having to worry about optical out on the TV for Amazon/Netflix into my AVR.
Yea everyone's use case is differet. For me, it's the all-in-one solution I've been waiting for to replace my WMC Extenders:
1) I watch Live TV on it by accessing my HDHomeRun Prime directly (no longer burdening my Win7 WMC whole home dvr with the load... Shield's processor does all the heavy lifting).
2) I access my DVR via the ServerWMC plugin from Kodi.
3) I bitstream Dolby TrueHD and HD-MA using a an unofficial release of Kodi... this is initially why I bought it, as my old WDTV basically crapped the bed and I needed a new solution for my blu ray collection (and HD audio is a must for me, which eliminates a lot of the "more popular" streamers).
4) At this stage of my life, I don't game hardcore anymore... last gen was probably The Last Gen for me. Very niche, but the "light gaming" Shield provides is perfect for me.
5) I use it to stream all the services I use (netflix, hbogo, showtime anytime, youtube, pluto.tv, google play music, rhapsody, etc). It's the best Netflix player I've ever owned, fwiw. I've streamed netflix on a chromecast, roku streaming stick, wdtv live, xbox 360, ps3... I'm probably forgetting something. It's menu/layout may not be my all time #1
(always liked the 360, and wdtv had a nice setup too), but performance wise ive never seen anything like it. All those devices either started playback instantly by streaming a poor grainy picture that gradually improved over 5-10 seconds, or they'd sit there and buffer for 3-5 seconds before playing... Shield starts streaming practically instantly, in full 1080p.
It's not gonna be for everyone. For people that don't convert their blu rays to MKV, and don't use CableCard for their cable subscription, I agree, there's not a lot there differentiating it from other streamers... other than maybe the HDR10 abilities (but I don't own a 4k tv yet, so....).