After being teased for the past month, this latest update to NVIDIA’s Shield TV is available today. Users have been seeing the dialog appear, notifying them to download and install this update.
What is changing? You can take a look at NVIDIA’s press release:
With today’s software update, NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV strengthens its position as the best streaming media player.
· SHIELD delivers the best picture quality
o SHIELD is the first and only streaming media player to support HDR (High Dynamic Range) in addition to 4K Ultra HD.
· SHIELD provides the best search experience
o Now with over 60 apps supporting universal search results – including favorites like Netflix, YouTube, VUDU, HULU, HBO, Spotify, Sling TV, Showtime, Plex, Google Play Movies & TV, and more –SHIELD is the most open streaming platform.
o SHIELD supports natural language recognition plus search made for TV, all powered by Google Voice Search, the most popular and powerful search technology in the world.
Learn more about key features and new apps delivered with SHIELD’s most recent update:
Netflix in HDR
SHIELD is the first Smart TV box to support Netflix in HDR. Pair with an HDR TV and enjoy brighter highlights, more detail in dark scenes and a wider color range. One hundred hours of HDR shows coming this summer.
YouTube 4K 60FPS
Watch YouTube videos in 4K Ultra HD resolution at a smooth 60 frames per second—only on SHIELD.
VUDU in 4K
Catch up on the latest movies and binge-watch TV series. VUDU supports UltraViolet and Disney Movies Anywhere playback, as well as 4K and voice search.
Enjoy a home theater experience with rich Dolby® Atmos surround sound pass-through in VUDU, MX Player, SPMC, and SHIELD’s preinstalled Photos & Videos app.
Best Universal Search
Perform a natural language search for music, movies, TV shows or games and get results 60 apps including top new additions: Netflix, VUDU and Spotify.
Media Streaming – At Home and On the Go
With PLEX Media Server built-in, you can stream your personal media collection from SHIELD to mobile devices, even outside the home. Accelerate your media (even from a NAS) with SHIELD’s HD transcode.
More Top Apps Streaming to Your TV
If you’re a sports fan you can now stream all WatchESPN has to offer. Music lovers now have access to Spotify. For news junkies, NBC News was recently added while CNNGo, NPR and ABC News were announced as coming soon to Android TV. Family-friendly programming will get a major boost with WATCH ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD and Nick, all of which have also been announced as coming soon to Android TV, along with Viacom’s MTV and Comedy Central.
On Thursday, June 30, SHIELD gamers can rejoice as another favorite from the Borderlands series comes to SHIELD devices. Joining Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Android TV) and Borderlands (GeForce NOW), Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2 will be available for SHIELD Android TV. For a limited time pick-up a second controller FREE with purchase of SHIELD (16GB) orSHIELD PRO (500GB).
Plus Even More Features
· Automatically turn off your TV using SHIELD accessories. Enable in Settings > HDMI > HDMI-CEC preferences.
· Access SHIELD folders from a network PC or Mac and enjoy drag-and-drop file sharing. Enable in Settings > Storage & reset > Access SHIELD folders on PC.
· Mount a network attached storage device (NAS) to SHIELD to access your complete media collection. Stream this media to mobile devices using the Plex app and SHIELD’s HD hardware transcode. Set up in Settings > Storage & reset > Network storage.
· Enable YCbCr 4:4:4 color space for improved video quality on supported TVs. Go to Settings > HDMI > Color space.
The news about integrating Plex Media Server is definitely the most interesting. Let us know how well it works in the comments below. We’ll be covering a more in-depth analysis of this update later once we have a chance to play with it.