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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2015, 21:14 »
Another update; I tried to playback 4K clips, direct output from Shield ATV->Denon 7200WA->Panny 4K tv. Clips are located in portable hdd, my desktop system and Synology NAS. The playback is smooth and no shuttering at all. I'm using Kodi app to playback.

Sadly, the audio codec still a bummer, Atmos is out, my AVR reflects PCM.


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I'm waiting for the support of Atmos...maybe I'll consider getting one. Meanwhile, my bro-in-law getting his in a couple of day's time. I can play with his set when it arrived.

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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2015, 22:25 »
I had been playing with it on and off due to my workloads recently. I will provide pictures update when available.

I'm pretty pleased with the picture quality from Nvidia Shield SATV. Be it on upscale or 4K basis,  via USB connection by portable hdd or streaming off NAS/Desktop via DLNA.

The streaming via DLNA is smooth without jitter. The streaming I had tested so far, 4K streaming via YouTube, 4K Netflix via app & 4K video clips using Kodi. All are playback at native except 4K Netflix which is subjected streaming but definitely better 1080p resolution. I can't complain much on picture quality, it performs well.

Audio wise, bummer if you ask me. Why? True that Nvidia has updated DTS HD audio codec in fw 2.1 BUT it is available in its native video app. The ideal app in SATV is Kodi or Plex but they are capable of DTS or Dolby at the moment. However, there is update by Kodi that it will support DTS HD in next update. Fingers crossed! Like I mentioned earlier, Atmos is out, so far, Nvidia yet to comment on it BUT I believe it will be added, matter of WHEN?

As for playback of files, Kodi has no issues with usual suspects like MKV, ISO or MT2S BUT no go on BDMV native. For BDMV, you have to select the BDMV index file to playback the main MT2S file directly.

As for apps, I have tried Kodi, Plex, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Both Kodi and Plex are pretty good, if one prefers simple GUI, go for Kodi, if one prefers Artwork, no brainer will be Plex but do more that Kodi is able to load basis artwork. For Netflix and Hulu plus, the plus point is Netflix 4K streaming vs my previous Apple TV and picture quality by SATV is pretty good.

If one got no rush to for a 4K media player, hold your bullets on SATV if audio codec is your concern but no doubt it has the BEST specifications at the moment. It is the only media player with 60fps.

I will try out the gaming part when I got more free time.


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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2015, 22:29 »

I'm waiting for the support of Atmos...maybe I'll consider getting one. Meanwhile, my bro-in-law getting his in a couple of day's time. I can play with his set when it arrived.
Amazon is having a promotion at USD174.99 for Nvidia Shield SATV with Remote FOC till end of Dec 2015. I bought mine at USD149.99 for standalone Nvidia Shield. Paid additional USD49.99 for the Remote, it seems expensive but I had a hands on it, it is equally sleek if compare with Apple TV's remote. The pricey tag is due to voice enabled feature.


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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2015, 22:34 »
I had been playing with it on and off due to my workloads recently. I will provide pictures update when available.

I'm pretty pleased with the picture quality from Nvidia Shield SATV. Be it on upscale or 4K basis,  via USB connection by portable hdd or streaming off NAS/Desktop via DLNA.

The streaming via DLNA is smooth without jitter. The streaming I had tested so far, 4K streaming via YouTube, 4K Netflix via app & 4K video clips using Kodi. All are playback at native except 4K Netflix which is subjected streaming but definitely better 1080p resolution. I can't complain much on picture quality, it performs well.

Audio wise, bummer if you ask me. Why? True that Nvidia has updated DTS HD audio codec in fw 2.1 BUT it is available in its native video app. The ideal app in SATV is Kodi or Plex but they are capable of DTS or Dolby at the moment. However, there is update by Kodi that it will support DTS HD in next update. Fingers crossed! Like I mentioned earlier, Atmos is out, so far, Nvidia yet to comment on it BUT I believe it will be added, matter of WHEN?

As for playback of files, Kodi has no issues with usual suspects like MKV, ISO or MT2S BUT no go on BDMV native. For BDMV, you have to select the BDMV index file to playback the main MT2S file directly.

As for apps, I have tried Kodi, Plex, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Both Kodi and Plex are pretty good, if one prefers simple GUI, go for Kodi, if one prefers Artwork, no brainer will be Plex but do more that Kodi is able to load basis artwork. For Netflix and Hulu plus, the plus point is Netflix 4K streaming vs my previous Apple TV and picture quality by SATV is pretty good.

If one got no rush to for a 4K media player, hold your bullets on SATV if audio codec is your concern but no doubt it has the BEST specifications at the moment. It is the only media player with 60fps.

I will try out the gaming part when I got more free time.


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Thanks for the update...I assume the BD ISO playback is the lite version without full menu?

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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #49 on: November 19, 2015, 22:36 »

Thanks for the update...I assume the BD ISO playback is the lite version without full menu?
Oh yes, forgot to mention that, Lite version at the moment.


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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #50 on: November 19, 2015, 22:37 »
Oh yes, forgot to mention that, Lite version at the moment.


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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2015, 23:18 »
Native video clip using Kodi




4K YouTube


4K Netflix





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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #52 on: November 23, 2015, 10:22 »
Damn it!  Seems like DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD passthrough for SATV will only be implemented in Kodi 17 and not Kodi 16!  Looks like I will be using my 5 year old trusty HTPC for another 6 months at least.


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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #53 on: November 25, 2015, 14:01 »
I am currently using Kodi on my Minix X7 on my treadmill setup and AcRyan as my main player.
My main grip on ATVs is the remote. My Harmony can be programmed with codes for Shield, but it does not seem to have a wide range of buttons. I cannot pause videos directly. Have to click OK first, bring up UI and then use cursor to highlight the button I want to access then click on OK. Pretty cumbersome compared to dedicated players like ACRyan.

Anyone has gotten around this? Also, does shield have smart remote that you can point the screen with?

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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #54 on: November 25, 2015, 14:56 »
I am currently using Kodi on my Minix X7 on my treadmill setup and AcRyan as my main player.
My main grip on ATVs is the remote. My Harmony can be programmed with codes for Shield, but it does not seem to have a wide range of buttons. I cannot pause videos directly. Have to click OK first, bring up UI and then use cursor to highlight the button I want to access then click on OK. Pretty cumbersome compared to dedicated players like ACRyan.

Anyone has gotten around this? Also, does shield have smart remote that you can point the screen with?

Thanks!
Do you mean this? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XO7AK9M

I received mine yesterday. I tried it over at my buddy place. Pretty good imo.

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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #55 on: November 25, 2015, 15:02 »
Do you mean this? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XO7AK9M

I received mine yesterday. I tried it over at my buddy place. Pretty good imo.

I meant a remote which you can point at your screen and a pointer will appear. Kinda like an air mouse.
I don't think nVidia has it. Wondering if there's a 3rd party one which works with it.

This shield remote does not have dedicated fast forward/pause buttons.. so how is the experience with Kodi?
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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #56 on: November 25, 2015, 15:06 »
I meant a remote which you can point at your screen and a pointer will appear. Kinda like an air mouse.
I don't think nVidia has it. Wondering if there's a 3rd party one which works with it.

This shield remote does not have dedicated fast forward/pause buttons.. so how is the experience with Kodi?

Enable HDMI-CEC function on the SATV settings menu and you can use the Start/Stop/Pause/Play buttons including the Left/Right/Up/Down buttons on your TV remote to control the SATV.

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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #57 on: November 25, 2015, 15:19 »
Enable HDMI-CEC function on the SATV settings menu and you can use the Start/Stop/Pause/Play buttons including the Left/Right/Up/Down buttons on your TV remote to control the SATV.

Thank you my friend. Never thought of this.
Now I'm waiting for this Monday.. Amazon gonna offer the bundle for USD150!
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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #58 on: November 26, 2015, 01:04 »
yup, black friday save $50 and free remote, a total of $100.
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Re: 4k media player NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV
« Reply #59 on: November 26, 2015, 08:05 »

yup, black friday save $50 and free remote, a total of $100.
Buy Buy Buy! Haha... Again, for those with faith that development will improve along the way, good to buy during BF sale. If no rush into it, simply just stay sideline still all those support on audio codec are resolved.


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