(Recourse form androidcentral )NVIDIA made a splash at CES 2017 when it unveiled a new version of its extremely popular Shield Android TV box. The new Shield Android TV has a similar design, identical internals, same price and similar value proposition as the original, and isn’t even getting a distinctive name to separate it from the first model.
New external hardware
NVIDIA didn’t see a need to overhaul the internal hardware of the Shield Android TV, and it’s hard to blame it for doing so. The original box was more than powerful enough to handle high-end gaming and entertainment, and offered just about everything anyone was looking for. What has changed, though, is the external hardware.
Though the new Shield Android TV has the same basic shape and look it’s roughly 40 percent smaller overall than the original, which is extremely impressive when you think about what’s inside. It still has a wedge-like shape and geode scent pattern all around, accented by a green light that glows when it’s powered on, and has an optional stand accessory that will place it upright if you’d like to put it more on display.
Around the back of the box you’ll still find an Ethernet jack, HDMI out and two USB ports, but one of the room-saving removals is the SD card slot. That may hit a small group of people that liked the idea of using the slot for adoptable storage expansion, but know that you can still do the same with any USB drive if you wish.
Improved controller and remote
The included Shield controller has gone through a complete overhaul. You can immediately see a slimmer overall profile and once again a geodescent pattern all around that offers a unique grip — the joysticks also have more texture around the edges.
When it comes to non-gaming uses, the controller has ditched the somewhat-finicky capacitive navigation buttons for proper hard buttons for back/home/select. You’ll still adjust volume using a capacitive touch pad between the sticks, and a single press of the green NVIDIA button at the top activates the microphone for voice commands. The controller charges over Micro-USB still, and NVIDIA claims 60 hours of battery life when playing games.
Though not everyone will want to play games regularly with the Shield controller, you’ll want to keep it around as it’s a bit of a trojan horse for the console. Thanks to its large battery and microphone, the controller is the conduit for the Shield Android TV to always listen for “OK Google” commands when Google Assistant hits the console in a couple of months. So long as the controller has a charge (a couple weeks with typical use), it’ll stay connected to the Shield Android TV and be always listening for your input — it simply hands the data over to the box, which crunches the information and gives you responses.
The Shield Android TV now includes its remote alongside the controller in the box, which is much better than shelling out $50 for the TV-focused accessory. The new remote is similar in design, but is no longer rechargeable and has lost its headphone jack for private listening — on the upside, though, is a quoted year of battery life. Going a step further, both the controller and remote now have integrated IR blasters, meaning they can control other parts of your home entertain
What’s new in Android Nougat for TVs
Much of the new software being shown off on the Shield Android TV isn’t NVIDIA’s doing but rather just what you get when you upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. As we knew already, Nougat introduces features like picture-in-picture mode and an app switching interface, as well as little bits of polish around the interface. A new YouTube 360 app highlights many app improvements as well.
NVIDIA made a couple of changes as well, including removing the “NVIDIA” section of the home screen and tweaking the way the “Games” section is displayed. You’ll now see local, Gamestream and GeForce Now games all in one place to launch all the same. Further, the new “NVIDIA Games” portal will let you shop for and manage games from all three sources. There’s also a new Steam app that will launch you directly into its lean-back “Big Picture” experience so long as you’re a Gamestream user with Steam set up.
Nvidia Shield Android TV is the ultimate streaming machine. You can get the fastest highest-quality streaming for movies, shows and games by using it. If you’d like to stream movies or TV shows from iTunes to your Nvidia, DRM protection should be removed firstly. M4V Converter Plus for Win (or M4V Converter Plus for Mac) tool is recommended for you. It is highly powerful yet extremely handy.
It is an all-in-one iTunes DRM removal software as well as iTunes movie Converter. With it, you can legally get rid of DRM from iTunes movies, TV Shows and music videos and convert them to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, FLV, etc. And you can transfer the converted files to your Nvidia tablet at will. The following guide of removing DRM and converting iTunes videos to NVIDIA Shield Android TV.
Firstly, free download M4V Converter Plus on your PC, install and launch it. Here take the Mac version for example (Windows version tutorial).
Secondly, Click Add Movies button to import videos from iTunes library.
And then set output format. Go to Convert to profile drop-down list to choose a proper output format for Nvidia. Last, start the conversion by clicking Convert button.
Once the conversion process is finished, users can play the converted iTunes files freely from the Converted Folder.
Then connect your PC to SHIELD via the micro-USB port, drag and drop the converted files to the USB directly. This is a great way to stream movies from iTunes to the the SHIELD. Now you can play iTunes videos on the Android TV without any limitation.