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Topic # 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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  Reply # 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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  Reply # 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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  Reply # 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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