Are you on the lookout for a new IPTV box? I've always held that those intending to use Kodi to manage their streaming libraries should go with Nvidia Shield TV instead of using something like a jailbroken Fire TV Stick Now Nvidia gives cord cutters even more reasons to go with a Nvidia Shield.
On its own the Tegra X1 affords the Shield the ability to run a series of high end titles such as the rebooted Tomb Raider and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel natively as well as a literal flood of Android titles available to you via the Google Play Store.
While setting up emulators on the SHIELD isn't as easy as just plugging in an NES Classic, it's much simpler than building your own system and more TV-friendly than emulating games on your PC And when you're not gaming, you can use the same box to binge watch your favorite shows.
If you don't have a 4K HDR-enabled television, you obviously don't need to spend $50 to $100 on a device that streams in 4K. The Chromecast is a tiny, simple streaming device that works in tandem with devices you're already using — namely your phone or tablet.
If you're all in on Android and don't have a TV with Android TV already built in, get a Shield TV. While it still is the only Android TV box we'd recommend, it's also a very good Android TV box in its own right — even as it continues to age three years after its release.
Still, when everything's up and running properly—with the Shield running my home's lighting, recording over-the-air channels, responding to voice commands, and smoothly streaming games from my desktop PC—there's really nothing else like it. The Shield's greatest strength is that it doesn't cater to the lowest common denominator.
Plex lets you access all this content through its app from a computer, mobile device and even supported systems like Sonos or Amazon's Alexa, wherever you go. You can even subscribe to Tidal x Plex to incorporate the streaming service's music into your own collection.
This type of integration with Google Home devices was already supported on the Chromecast dongle but it has taken some time for Google and partners to fully enable them on Android TV, which is the operating system found in Nvidia Shield as well as TVs from Sony, Philips, TCL, and others.
By nabbing an Nvidia Shield on a good deal, you'll get you a versatile entertainment hub that will appeal to gamers first, but absolutely provide an effective hub that can project everything TV and film in glorious 4K and HDR, too, as well as another cool piece of smart home tech.
Not only does the wonderful Plex client run, as you'd expect it would, but the Shield is also setup ready to work as your Plex Media Server by simply connecting an external hard drive to it. The first time you launch the Plex application it will prompt you to start the Media Server and then any content you load onto your drive, music, photos, movies, etc will be served both onto your TV and onto and device running the Plex client like your phone or tablet.