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#224298 11-Nov-2017 18:39
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I'm looking at a Nvidia Shield on Amazon - link here

 

Questions:

 

1. Will this be able to replace my WDTV Live for playing video files from a Synology NAS?

 

2. Given I already have Netflix and Lightbox on my Panasonic OLED, what else can the Nvidia offer me for streaming options or other useful services or functionality?

 

 

 

 


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  #1899360 11-Nov-2017 19:47
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1. Yes. Install Kodi, point it at your NAS and you're away.

 

2. You won't get much more that isn't already on your TV to be honest, provide your TV is relatively new. For a start you won't get Lightbox. What you will get a faster experience and Apps that are up to date. Most TV manufacturer's are pretty poor and updating Apps. You will be able to use it to cast from other devices


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  #1899477 12-Nov-2017 07:20
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Have you considered an Apple TV? I’ve found of all the media players, Apple TV has the most NZ streaming services covered - TVNZ, 3Now, Lightbox, Netflix and Fanpass.

There’s an excellent app called Infuse that will play files off a NAS all sorted with metadata.

 
 
 
 


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  #1899489 12-Nov-2017 08:00
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Cut and Paste from another Shield thread I posted in:

 

 

 

Love my Shield.

 

NF, YT, Amazon Prime and Vimeo give me 4k material. (NZ Accounts only.)

 

Other video apps I use incl the usual TED, RedBull, Vevo etc. 

 

Prefer SPMC (to Kodi) as it allows HD Audio ie. DTS:X and ATMOS - also allows voice search. Usual addons in use.

 

Spotify, Google Music and CloudRadio (for Soundcloud acct access)...for music.

 

Cast Lightbox from Ph and SkyGo from Chrome on Windows PC.

 

Old school gaming via Mame4Droid - using their gamepad.

 

Have an original Shield so installed an SD card as internal storage so I could install other Android Games - drivers , shooters etc for casual gaming.

 

Has been bulletproof and reliable - highly recommended.

 

Also integrated with My Harmony Touch (using the shields IR sensor) and various macros - and works great.

 

Best tech purchase I have made in recent years.

 

Note: Only downside has been the pissant battery in the remote supplied remote which needs charging more frequently than I would like.

 

 

 

TL:DR - Shield does a sh&t load more than a Smart TV or WDLive and it does it better - incl streaming/casting options.


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  #1919321 13-Dec-2017 21:29
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Can I ask how you  got Amazon Prime video to function on the Shield? It doesnt show up in the Playstore and I had to to through a process of installing it on my phone then backing the app up and copying across to the shield. Prime started then stopped working.

 

Then I tried casting from my phone but that wont work either.

 

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.





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  #1919339 13-Dec-2017 23:11
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peejayw:

 

Can I ask how you  got Amazon Prime video to function on the Shield? It doesnt show up in the Playstore and I had to to through a process of installing it on my phone then backing the app up and copying across to the shield. Prime started then stopped working.

 

Then I tried casting from my phone but that wont work either.

 

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Got APK from a site like Apkpure.

 

Installed using ES File Explorer.

 

Job done : )

 

 


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  #1919366 14-Dec-2017 07:26
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Thanks. I tried that, apk installs and runs OK but when I try to play a video the app closes down, very puzzling.





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  #1919375 14-Dec-2017 08:20
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Ohh that's odd....

 

 

 

Unfortunately I can't test it again as I let my Prime trial lapse - not enough content imo - but it did work previously.

 

 

 

As an alternate - google Terrarium TV apk. (You can thank me later :p)


 
 
 
 


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  #1919536 14-Dec-2017 13:01
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the prime video app should already be on the shield, shouldn't need to side load it, got mine a month ago and it was part of the apps already on the box


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  #1920315 15-Dec-2017 18:12
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Senecio:

 

For a start you won't get Lightbox.

 

 

I thought the Lightbox APK could be sideloaded and worked fine?

 

This is important to me, as I am currently mulling the Shield vs Apple TV vs a second-hand PS3 as the best option as a streamer. I was inclining to the shield, but absence of Lightbox could be an issue.


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  #1920330 15-Dec-2017 18:38
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Got mine about 8 months ago, app wasn't included.




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  #1920339 15-Dec-2017 18:57
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JimmyH:

 

Senecio:

 

For a start you won't get Lightbox.

 

 

I thought the Lightbox APK could be sideloaded and worked fine?

 

This is important to me, as I am currently mulling the Shield vs Apple TV vs a second-hand PS3 as the best option as a streamer. I was inclining to the shield, but absence of Lightbox could be an issue.

 

 

 

 

You can cast Lightbox to the Shield and you can also sideload the Lightbox apk - and from memory it worked - but I haven't tested for a while.

 

 

 

PS: And seriously - try the Terrarium TV apk ....kinda like the Covenant/Exodus Kodi Addon Covenant - but it works....


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  #1920364 15-Dec-2017 20:10
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In case anybody's interested it's down to US$149 at the moment

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/NVIDIA-SHIELD-Streaming-Player-Remote/dp/B075RXV2VR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1513321747&sr=8-2&keywords=nvidia+shield

 

 

 

and $12 shipping to NZ

 

 

 

 





Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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