Philips Media Player UHD 880 Replaced By Shield TV

Over a year ago, Philips announced the Android-L powered media players for their UHD TVs from 2013 and 2014 in order to give users greater access to 4K media. For users that purchased a 2014 model TV, the device was planned to be free.

However, this was a long time ago and users still have not gotten their media players. Philips has sent out emails to customers acknowledging that the device has not shipped out in a timely manner. In order to compensate, Philips has partnered with NVIDIA to send customers Shield TVs instead.

By purchasing one of our selected Philips UHD televisions, you registered also to receive a free UHD media player, that is able to playback 4k HEVC encoded content.
This UHD880 media player box was planned to be shipped at the beginning of this year, but unfortunately we have not been able to send this to you within this timeframe. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.
We are pleased to announce that we partnered with nVidia to ship to you the nVidia shield Android TV media player including a game controller in the place of the UHD880 media player. By sending you this media player, you will be ready to playback 4k HEVC encoded content. The box is enabling HEVC 4k streaming, advanced gaming and runs on Android TV. It includes your favourite apps* like Netflix 4K, YouTube, KODI (XBMC), and PLEX.
More information on the nVidia shield can be found on the following website:

We will start shipping out the boxes before end of the year. This will be done based on your registration date.
*availability of apps and services are country/region dependent.
For any questions or support, please visit the Philips website:…-selector.html

With kind regards,
TP Vision Europe B.V.

Prins Bernhardplein 200
1097 JB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Philips stated that the Shield TVs will be shipped by the end of the year (end of 2015), and users have just started reporting that they received the devices in the mail. Users have been getting the Shield and game controller and not a remote. NVIDIA has been doing a better job of supporting Android TV, and will soon update the Shield TV to Marshmallow.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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