Nvidia Shield & ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cnasty, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    I picked up the nvidia shield this weekend with the greet GameStop deal and really enjoying this. It's a beast of a device and it is very fluid and fast in every single aspect.
    Kodi alone makes it worthy of how great a device is and the streaming gaming is excellent and hopefully they add more titles.

    Problem is, apps. The apps for android tv are pretty abysmal compared to TVos.

    Watchespn
    Disney apps
    Nick apps for kids
    Among all network ones and others

    This is huge for my family as we have cut the cord and don't want to worry about casting and all that in a family household of turn on and play.

    Anyone considering running both or any other remedies? Also how can I do that from a single hdmi cord from my tv as its mounted about 8 feet away and runs through the wall to the tv unit to the device.
     
  2. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    What so you not get?

    Anyway, OP, you can use a HDMI hub/switcher.
     
  3. Cnasty thread starter macrumors 68020

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    so a hub switcher would utilize the one end of hdmi coming from tv, go into switcher, and then allow other ports for the other devices (ps4, atv4, nvidia shield)?

    Thanks for responding unlike our other scholar here.
     
  4. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Yes. I, personally, don't own one, but are aware of their functionality. A buddy of mine bought a tv with two HDMI ports, but owns several gaming systems. That is the solution he uses.

    Something like the below would work. I am sure there are cheaper, as well as fancier options. The below has an IR remote, which is nice in that it allows you to switch between hdmi ports without getting up.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0049...s=hdmi+hub&dpPl=1&dpID=31djD5k14qL&ref=plSrch


    Btw, I don't own ashield, but I hear it's a great option for casual gaming. TVos has the potential, and will likely have the games one day, but the shield comes with a nice controller, which is a big plus.

    Enjoy!


    Also, be sure the Hub you get supports the features you need (3D, 4K, etc).

    Sorry for the edits. It looks like the one above can switch automatically based on active inputs, but the remote helps if you have multiple active signals
     
  5. Cnasty thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is very helpful! I will research it more as I have a 4K tv and want to be sure it will work for what I am trying to do. Next step is to upgrade my internet and cut the cord officially.
     
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  7. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    I am sure they make a hdmi switcher that fits your needs.

    I cut the cord several months ago. Between steaming and an hdtv antenna (cheap, beaten up old thing), I don't miss cable a bit, and I save a ton.

    The Apple TV does seem really great for cord cutters. I have a ps4, Xbox one, chromecast, fire stick first gen, and the new Apple TV.

    I am not sure how I ended up with all the major gaming systems of this generation (I have a wii u too), but none the less the Apple TV is my favorite for steaming.

    The ps4 is the only device that is as fast as the Apple TV, but it lacks in apps and steaming services. The chromecast essentially complements my ps4 on one of my tvs. The fire stick is nice but I think it's a bit clunky. The Xbox one is great all around, if a bit slower when it comes to manipulating steaming shows.

    The Apple TV is my go to for steaming on my main tv, but it's price keeps me from recommending it to my less tech savvy family members.

    The fire stick is what I recommend this holiday season, despite the Apple TV being my preferred device.
     
  8. Cnasty thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I found some 4K versions of what you posted so that should work.

    I think I am with you on having too many devices as I have all the consoles and now the shield as well.

    I'm a little torn on too many devices and not enough time to play them all or experience them. It's nuts.
     
  9. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. I posted the first result on an Amazon search

    Yeah, I agree, I have too many devices and not enough time to enjoy them. Compound that with having too my games for said consoles. Between sales and Best Buy gamers club, I get my games really cheap. Unfortunately, I know have a huge back log of current generation games....as I own most of them.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I plug all of my devices into my Yamaha receiver and simply use it as a HDMI switch. It's got 4K pass-through, and it was only a few hundred bucks at Costco last year.
     
  11. normanfox macrumors 6502a

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    I also have Nvidia Shield TV and use Kodi mostly. but Apple TV is my favorite. Apple TV app store and global voice search are superior to Google TV.
     
  12. BMox macrumors 6502

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    I run both currently (getting the ATV 4 for Christmas).

    To be honest, while the specs of the Shield are insane, Android TV sucks big time. I only run Kodi on it. Ironically, Google are doing what Apple did and aren't really concentrating any efforts towards Android TV and it shows.

    I hoping someone can get a full version of Kodi available to side load onto the ATV 4 and then it will serve all our needs.
     
  13. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    I apologize for my ignorance. I hear a lot about kodi, but what can it do that I can't accomplish with plex, AirPlay, etc?

    I appreciate the information.
     
  14. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but some switchers are garbage so watch it. Auto switching rarely works. They are a bit pricey, but Gefen makes some really nice ones that have a remote. I used their 4X1 until we upgraded the preamp/processor a couple of years ago.

    www.gefen.com

    For people who need them, they also have audio extractors to pull the audio from HDMI.
     
  15. Cnasty thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for this. I was also advised a receiver will do the same thing as well so I am keeping an eye out for an open box receiver or sale on a solid enough receiver to do what I am looking at.
     
  16. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, if you're in that market, that's probably the best way to go. What's your budget?
     
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  18. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    Instead of downloading new movies from torrents , it lets you stream then
     
  19. Cnasty thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I am getting close to cancelling my UVerse and then go full streaming via Shield and ATV4 if I get one.

    I currently pay $145 for cable and internet and my speed is pretty slow as I get buffering during most YT playback.

    Anyone know what the minimum internet speed needed to stream with no buffering, wirelessly due to location, and a price that would be reasonable with ATT?

    I have very limited options in my area so ATT it is.
     

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