NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Owners Thread

chopples

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Oh wow I didn’t realise this supported HDR on YouTube I thought it still wouldn’t be supported due to google using PV9 and Shield not supporting it but I just tried one to have a look and it’s triggering the HDR mode.
Interesting this, didn't think it was supported, just checking you have colourspace switching etc enabled?? Would be good to see the stats for nerds if poss?

Edit I wonder if Google have switched to av1 like on some android phones hmmmm
 
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chopples

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@zantarous

Sure enough it does, I know a few phones can software decode vp9.2 so perhaps this is something which has been recently enabled as it is also working via my 2015 box

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zantarous

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@zantarous

Sure enough it does, I know a few phones can software decode vp9.2 so perhaps this is something which has been recently enabled as it is also working via my 2015 box

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Yep that is what I am seeing too, can’t find anything about this on the Shield forum, did see a post from 3 days ago saying no to HDR ever combining to the Shield for YouTube.

Did you try playing any of the 4K 60fps videos, there were really stuttery or the video lagged/paused while the audio continued.
 

chopples

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Yep that is what I am seeing too, can’t find anything about this on the Shield forum, did see a post from 3 days ago saying no to HDR ever combining to the Shield for YouTube.

Did you try playing any of the 4K 60fps videos, there were really stuttery or the video lagged/paused while the audio continued.
I didn’t mate sorry, the couple I tried where 1080p with one actually only 720p but I was more interested in the codec and Colour space being used so didn’t bother to test further.

Looks like this has now been picked up over on the shield tv subreddit so I expect more info to come out over the next few days.

We know the tegra cannot hardware decode vp9.2 so I can only assume it’s software decoding. This could also explain the choppy performance with high framerate/resolution content
 

BeardlessKoala

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I'm getting HDR on YouTube too. Absolutely delighted :clap:

I'm only getting 1080p though. No option for 4k o_O
 

safcsat

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Hmm yeah so HDR does seem to be available now, not watchable at all though, so hope they sort it out, or disable it again!
 

ruffian2205

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I'm getting HDR on YouTube too. Absolutely delighted :clap:

I'm only getting 1080p though. No option for 4k o_O
Isn’t YouTube only 1080p at the moment anyway? Wonder if they‘ll give us 4K HDR when the bandwidth drop is over for COVID.
 

chopples

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Isn’t YouTube only 1080p at the moment anyway? Wonder if they‘ll give us 4K HDR when the bandwidth drop is over for COVID.
Hi mate

it defaults to 1080p but you can manually change it to 4K, that’s how it works on both my Samsung and Sony tv
 

ruffian2205

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Hi mate

it defaults to 1080p but you can manually change it to 4K, that’s how it works on both my Samsung and Sony tv
I’ve not been able to figure out how to change it to 4K on any of my devices that will accept the 4K signal.
 

chopples

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I’ve not been able to figure out how to change it to 4K on any of my devices that will accept the 4K signal.
Hi mate

Press select whilst watching a 4k HDR video and you will see 3 dots, select them

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It will then bring up an extra box where you can see the max resolution

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Select this and it gives you the option to change the resolution , apols on my samsung it defaults to 720p

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Select 4k and you know that it is working and YouTube is playing at the max resolution as the quality logo shows blue.

This is via a Samsung qled YouTube app but my Sony xf90 behaves the same way

The issue with the shield is even if you do this 4k no longer shows

Cheers
 

middleweight

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Quick review of the shield pro. It may be an expensive android box but we'll worth the money. On my setup it's replaced a htpc running Kodi and a satellite receiver. Now setup shield with Kodi and ext. hdd, Netflix and Disney+ with everything running silky smooth. Passthrough of Dolby Atmos using Kodi and Netflix. Also setup IPTV again with silky smooth experience. Great all in one box and once I get a controller it'll satisfy my part time gaming itch with retrogaming! All this from a tiny box.

Proper streaming box. 100% recommended 👍🏼
currently using a firebox, for kodi,and iptv, and thinking of getting a shield, interested to know if picture quality,is better on the shield
 

jang15000

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currently using a firebox, for kodi,and iptv, and thinking of getting a shield, interested to know if picture quality,is better on the shield
It has AI upscaling which does boost the image but can't get it to work on all feeds. Doesn't updcale on Kodi but managed to get it to work on Disney+. I think it's dependent on the feed coming in.
 

DN64

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Hello. I recently got an LG 65NANO90UNA TV. I hooked it up to my nVidia Shield Pro 2017 and everything worked nicely except for one single thing and that was videos on YouTube that are 4K 60FPS HDR. When it is of that type then frame drops ensue to the point where it's simply not viewable. After many tests I still cannot get it to work. Do I understand correctly from this thread that this isn't an issue with my TV, HDMI cables, HDMI ports aren't the issue, that it's simply something at this very moment that the shield doesn't support? Am I also to understand that this can be remedied in the future by some type of an update? I just want to know that it's not a ME issue. Note that I did enable HDMI Ulta HD Deep Color on the HDMI port that is connected to my shield. Thank you. :)
 

cad700

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I need so help. I recently got a MiBox S. I don't do gaming, plex or use any external devices. Just wanted a device that give me an excellent picture and sound through app like Netfilx, Prime, etc. My Samsung TV's apps produce incredible picture quality, however lately it's been freezing and often apps won't load otherwise I wouldn't be interested in a media box. Has nothing to do with my network, I've got 1G service connected to the TV with an Ethernet cable and everything else works flawlessly. So I decided to try other ways, I have my computer connected to my TV but the pic quality can't compare. I've got every Roku box made, took the Ultra from my bedroom TV, connected it to my main TV, better than the PC but still nowhere near the quality of the apps on the TV. Finally got the MiBox S, connected it and the picture quality was worse than the Roku. So now I'm considering the Nvidia Shield. Is the picture quality significantly better than what you were using before? Really interested do hear from those who have tested it against the Roku Ultra, MiBox and apps on your TV.
 

razy60

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It has AI upscaling which does boost the image but can't get it to work on all feeds. Doesn't updcale on Kodi but managed to get it to work on Disney+. I think it's dependent on the feed coming in.
Kodi up scales fine on my shield, some videos I don't notice so much but it does work.
I need so help. I recently got a MiBox S. I don't do gaming, plex or use any external devices. Just wanted a device that give me an excellent picture and sound through app like Netfilx, Prime, etc. My Samsung TV's apps produce incredible picture quality, however lately it's been freezing and often apps won't load otherwise I wouldn't be interested in a media box. Has nothing to do with my network, I've got 1G service connected to the TV with an Ethernet cable and everything else works flawlessly. So I decided to try other ways, I have my computer connected to my TV but the pic quality can't compare. I've got every Roku box made, took the Ultra from my bedroom TV, connected it to my main TV, better than the PC but still nowhere near the quality of the apps on the TV. Finally got the MiBox S, connected it and the picture quality was worse than the Roku. So now I'm considering the Nvidia Shield. Is the picture quality significantly better than what you were using before? Really interested do hear from those who have tested it against the Roku Ultra, MiBox and apps on your TV.
Can you use WiFi on the TV? On my ks8000 Netflix wouldn't work correctly via ethernet but is fine on WiFi. Given you've tried pretty much everything else have you tried new cables? Are you only connecting to the TV or are you going through another device?
 

mrspoons

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Hello.
looking at getting one of these to replace a Mac mini / time capsule / Firestick tv combination.
It’s main use is more than likely going to be Plex / Netflix / prime and as I don’t have a massive amount of media stored locally it will probably all fit on a decent sized memory card.
Couple of questions though...
Is it easy enough to transfer files from a laptop to it?
Does any decent torrent client run on it?

Thanks
 

windymillers

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Ok,this might have been answered elsewhere but there's 280+ pages to go through.. I have one of the original shield boxes, connected to the TV through a Yamaha 3050 receiver. Its connected to the internet via ethernet.

So, my problem is after a while, whatever I m watching the picture seems to 'stutter'. It gets framed and unwatchable so I have to switch the box off and on again..Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't.

Anyone else experience this or have a remedy?

Thanks
 

DN64

Novice Member
Yeah they said it was a bug in the app
I was checking last night and it looks like HDR for Youtube has been disabled/removed and they now just play in SDR with 4K if applicable.
Hi,

Can you tell me how they disabled it? What exactly was updated and where? I didn't notice any YouTube app update? Do you have a link to an article? I was wondering about it because I also noticed that 4K HDR 60FPS YouTube videos now play properly on my shield, BUT they are no longer flipping my TV to HDR (no logo top right) and stats for nerds says BT709 now instead of BT2020 regardless of my default/recommended shield resolution settings where deep color is enabled on the connected TV HDMI port.
 

M1987

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Hi,

Can you tell me how they disabled it? What exactly was updated and where? I didn't notice any YouTube app update? Do you have a link to an article? I was wondering about it because I also noticed that 4K HDR 60FPS YouTube videos now play properly on my shield, BUT they are no longer flipping my TV to HDR (no logo top right) and stats for nerds says BT709 now instead of BT2020 regardless of my default/recommended shield resolution settings where deep color is enabled on the connected TV HDMI port.
 

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