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Level 9

Nvidia Shield

I have been using the Nvidia Shield for about two months and I have to say it totally blows Roku out of the water, the main test for me was Amazon as it always seemed slow to load and I constantly got "Not enough Band width" The Shield is lightening fast and has not once faltered on any playback. I had no Idea what Kodi was and at first glance still didn't But Wow! now I have a reasonable command of it you should ditch Roku for that alone. I have been loyal to Roku since the week it was introduced, I have at least 5 players including 2 ultras and will continue to carry one on the road with me, but at home it's dead. In closing all I can say is "Roku you need to up your game" and the second you have a better product than Nvidia, I will be at your doorstep, but until then I am a glowing Nvidia Shield Fanboy.
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Level 13

Re: Nvidia Shield

Well, the shield DOES cost 3x the price of the Roku, so I can see why it would perform better. Seriously, that's my answer..

Now what's the purpose of your post? To get people to ditch Roku for something more expensive but more powerful? There's a reason Roku's outsell Shields.
Yeah, I got some Rokus.
https://youtu.be/d1CSEeqWl10
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Level 9

Re: Nvidia Shield

My purpose is to let others know there is a much better option at less than twice the price of an Ultra and hopefully to encourage Roku to innovate, if nothing else open up Roku to Kodi and Tivo while they are at it. No one has been more loyal to Roku than me, but you reach a point where that Lexus just outshines the Cadillac to the point that you have no choice but to switch...I hope it is only for a short time, but only time will tell.
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Level 21

Re: Nvidia Shield

I have both a Shield and many Roku players and TVs. I feel there's a place for both. Yes, the Shield is more capable, but for the price it should be. For family use a Roku is far easier to use, especially with local media. RMP is far easier to use than Kodi. The Shield supports all codecs and containers. I don't think the Shield is any faster than my Ultra, Sharp TV or Stick. It's certainly faster than my Insignia TV, but that's not hard to do. Smiley Happy
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Level 10

Re: Nvidia Shield

I thought about getting a Shield, but the only difference I saw between it and the cheap generic Android boxes were 4k, which I don't need yet, and games, which it doesn't do very well on from what I saw, so if you like it, great, but it's not the competition crusher you seem to think it is when most people can have their needs met with a $29 Roku Express.

edit - and if you want kodi go buy a refurb pc for $100 from Walmart, slap kodi on it and hook it up to your tv and you’ll have kodi plus a fully functioning pc, not just a console with a browser.
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Level 13

Re: Nvidia Shield

I resurrected this topic not for just for debating whether one platform is better than the other.  It became more of one offers more than the other in this Pandemic & civil/financial unrest world.   Google and it's Android based products offer more flexibility.  Roku is king for it's simplicity. 

Though during a time of lockdowns and uncertainty even the most technoklutz amoung us will gravitate toward flexibility for some insurance against being held hostage.  Plus additionally not becoming a human bargaining chip.  Even with a larger learning curve. Prices for Android TV/Chromecast boxes, sticks,  &  dongles are dropping down to just the 50 dollar point.  "Better" become moot.

Think about it.

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Level 13

Re: Nvidia Shield

"being held hostage"?  Isn't that a bit hyperbolic?

To reiterate the obvious, some stuff is available on Roku and *not* officially available on Android TV (Spectrum), while others are the opposite (Peacock).   If you really, really, really need Peacock and HBO Max *right now*, go to another platform.  Bringing this up over and over again is getting to be a bit silly.

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Level 13

Re: Nvidia Shield

Well I can substitute even more descriptive words to describe not only how I feel I-and many others here-am being treated.  I cannot as this a family orientated forum.   I will let the suspected offending parties speak for themselves.  

We are disappointed Roku is removing its users’ FREE access to NBCUniversal programming - 11 network apps, 12 NBC Owned Station apps, 23 Telemundo Owned Station apps - and continues to block access to the only free premium streaming service available in the market, Peacock. Roku’s unreasonable demands ultimately hurt both their consumers and their consumer equipment partners to whom they’ve promised access to all apps in the marketplace.”-

https://www.engadget.com/comcast-nbc-universal-roku-peacock-dispute-142058425.html

Now you and others will see why my own hand was forced to choose more Google products.  I’ve been doing this for a rather long time.  This Chromebook I am typing on right this minute was the solution when Microsoft chose to offer a not so hot Windows 10.  It’s still working just fine and provides a real alternative to the Personal Computer Wars.   I was able to move way beyond that that particular problem of railroading consumers into another no choice situation.  The same goes for the Streaming Wars.  I am in the process to moving way beyond that as well.   I have not finished but when I do, I see even less use for Roku’s presence in my house.  It will go the way my old Microsoft Vista computer went.  Don’t ask where.

Final Warning to all involved parties.   Stop the childish mudslinging.  THAT is what is getting old.  I am just verbalizing/writing about it.

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Level 13

Re: Nvidia Shield

Good riddance Comcast.

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Re: Nvidia Shield


@Iona-D wrote:

Now you and others will see why my own hand was forced to choose more Google products.  I’ve been doing this for a rather long time.  This Chromebook I am typing on right this minute was the solution when Microsoft chose to offer a not so hot Windows 10. 


I had to replace both of my grand-daughter's Chromebooks with Windows computers because they were constantly dropping connection with whatever software their school is using for distance learning. And these were Chromebooks provided by the district. My daughter is a high school teacher, and was using her Mac laptop to teach, and I just had to build her a Windows 10 PC for the same reason. All three of them are working perfectly now using Windows.

I think Windows 10 is the best OS they've released in quite a while. Windows 7 was a huge improvement over XP, and finally brought a 64 bit OS to the majority of users. We won't talk about Vista or Windows 8, however... Smiley Very Happy

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.