Our fibre install has finally be done to the wall of the house, so I just need to complete the hook-up when I get some time and also figure out how to route it to the Study etc from where it enters the house (one floor down and on the opposite side).
So I finally have the approval of the household financial controller to dump Sky and move us to streaming services.
I have had free Lightbox as part of my package for 2 years now, as I don't like to watch stuff on the desktop and don't have a way of getting it on the TVs. That needs to change.
I need a streaming box that will cope with Netflix, Lightbox, and Plex. TVNZ/TV3 on demand would be nice, but not essential. Being able to play local media files would also be nice.
The two main options seem to be the nVidia Shield TV or an Apple TV. On balance, I think I prefer the Shield - nice Plex client, ability to plug headphones into the remote, more powerful hardware, and no lock in to the Apple ecosystem.
However, it's unclear to me whether it will run Lightbox. I have read elsewhere that there is an android TV apk around that it is easy to side-load. However, I don't know whether this is still true or how well it works.
So my questions are:
- is anyone successfully using Lightbox on an nVidia Shield TV?
- and, if so how easy was it to set up, and how well does it work?
Any other experiences with the Shield would also be of interest, before I take the plunge and order a pair.