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SHIELD TV Software Upgrade 6.3

SHIELD TV continues to improve. Adding new apps, games, features and enhancements.

Your Google Assistant is now even better, with expanding features and growing to work with over 1,000 smart home devices (recent blog for more info).

The software upgrade also includes the latest security updates, new playback support, improved Bluetooth/wireless performance and the latest SHIELD accessory firmware updates.

For more on the latest additions, see below.

 What’s New?

View Your Nest Cameras on Your TV

Just say “Show me my front door camera” or “Show me the baby’s room” to see your Nest cameras live on SHIELD.

Control More Than 1,000 Smart Home Devices with your Google Assistant

SHIELD TV with Google Assistant works with more than 1,000 smart home devices from more than 150 brands. You can even assign SHIELD TV to rooms in the Assistant app on your phone.

Commercial-Free Recordings with Plex DVR

You can now automatically remove commercials from broadcast TV shows recorded over-the-air using Plex DVR.

VLC Adds Picture-in-Picture and 360o Video Support

Watch 360o videos on your TV, complete with spherical camera control. VLC also adds Picture-in-Picture, so you can browse your SHIELD while watching your videos.

Growing Library of Kids Content with the Cartoon Network app

Watch free episodes of Cartoon Network shows like NinjagoTeen Titans Go!, or Adventure Time or log in with your TV provider to unlock the latest episodes.

The Magic of LEGO, Now on SHIELD TV

Stream your favorite LEGO TV show anytime in the living room. Easily browse episodes by theme, story, or age group and inspire the Master Builder in your family.

Watch Exclusive VH1 Shows and Clips

Popular shows like America’s Next Top Model and Hip Hop Squares are now available in the VH1 app. Watch free episodes or sign in with your TV provider to catch up on the latest episodes.

Listen to SiriusXM in the Living Room

Subscribers can download the app on SHIELD TV and access everything that SiriusXM has to offer, from commercial-free music to comedy, news, and even exclusive sports radio content.

Experience Hi-Fi Audio in Your Living Room with Tidal

Audiophiles can enjoy lossless audio streamed to your SHIELD with Tidal. Access music, videos, and exclusive concerts in a new interface customized for the living room.

Save the Mudokons in Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Lead our unlikely hero on his mission because if he doesn’t make it… Abe’s back on the menu! On-sale for $4.99 (Google Play).

Shield TV Pro (500GB) Experience 6.0 Upgrade Solution!

Thanks to user “Aah Beh”, we have a working OTA upgrade file for the Shield Android TV Pro (500GB).

You only need this if:

  • You have a Shield TV Pro (500GB)
  • You cannot successfully update to Experience 6.0.

The file below should be installed via TWRP in the EXACT same manner you would install SuperSU; either via TWRP->Install or TWRP->Advanced->ADB Sideload.  You can refer to Step 3 of Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat) but use the ZIP you download below instead of SuperSU.

NVidia Shield TV V6.0 OTA (500GB) (1367 downloads) (MD5: f1d9a175b06f7d6e641652d6c65eca4e)

Shield Pro (500GB) Owners – Still can’t update to Experience 6.0?

If you are a Shield Pro owner that sill cannot update to Experience 6.0 – we want your help.

Please email your device serial number and model number to me at darkuni+shieldtvpro@gmail.com

Also, if you will include any after-market alterations you’ve done; unlocked bootloader, root, etc. that would be great.

Thank you!

NVIDIA Shield Android TV SHIELD Experience 6.0 Upgrade Available Now

NOTE: Our rooting tutorials and files appear to continue to work fine with this upgrade.  You do NOT need to de-root; just accept the update.  You will lose root.  You will need to reapply it again with our tutorials.

NOTE: Shield TV Pro (500GB) update is failing for us.  The filesize of the update is only a few hundred megs – where the Shield TV 16GB appears to be 1.2GB.  We have notified our contacts at Nvidia. NVIDIA has acknowledged the issue and is working on it.  Still not working as of 10/2/2017 10:51pm PDT.

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!  See more info below.

Other Features/Fixes in Experience 6.0:

  • Vudu adds Voice Search and Updated Interface.
  • 360 Degree Videos in YouTube
  • YouTube Kids App
  • Updates to Amazon Video App (navigation improvements, improvements to A/V sync and 4k Stream startup)
  • New apps available: TBS, TNT and Tablo Engine
  • Latest Monthly Android Updates
  • Ability to stream DTS-HD Master Audio to older DTS-capable receivers
  • Option to power on your TV and receiver using both CEC and IR simultaneously
  • New setting for accessories to enable disable double tap of volume slider to pause
  • Shield remote upgrade to firmware 1.15
  • Shield remote with headphone jack upgrade to firmware 1.16
  • Shield controller upgrade to firmware 1.14

More about Google Assistant …

Of course, you might think that Streaming Media players already support search so why do you care?

Google Assistant is a lot smarter and feature rich. It transforms your TV experience. You can find content or ask Google Assistant to give you recommendations. You can control your media with voice without need for finding your remote – “OK Google, Pause.” You can even now use your streamer to book a restaurant reservation, get an Uber or order your favorite Pizza from Dominos. Google Assistant also connects Android users to their Google connected life on TV. You can ask SHIELD to show you your pictures of Egypt or ask when your next meeting is, and you will get the visual response on TV. Finally, you can even now use SHIELD to control your other Google Assistant devices like your Chromecast Speakers or Google Home device!

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
The Google Assistant experience on SHIELD has also been optimized for your TV experience. Ask for popular movies, and see movie “cards” on screen to help you see the answer. Ask who plays in Game of Thrones and see pictures of the cast on screen. Google Assistant on SHIELD TV even gives you suggestion chips on screen to provide suggested follow up questions to ask. If you want to access your Google Assistant in your living room, we think your best experience would be on SHIELD.

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
With the SHIELD Experience 6.0 Upgrade, SHIELD TV also becomes the world’s first completely hands-free streaming device. As long as the new SHIELD controller is nearby, you can say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” to control your TV and your home without picking up a remote. Google Assistant is at your command, hands-free. Think about it. You don’t have to get off the couch or walk to your media chest to pick up your remote – you can just say “OK, Google” and start watching TV!

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
Together, Google Assistant and SHIELD let you accomplish all kinds of actions. Here are a few fun things to try. Just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and issue the following commands:

  • “Show me popular Netflix shows”
  • “Watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix”
  • “Dim the living room lights in the Baby’s Room”
  • “Hey Google, play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the Baby’s Room”
  • “Who is the Mother of Dragons”
  • “Show me my pictures from Egypt”
  • “Open my Nest camera”
  • “Play Katy Perry’s Dark Horse on YouTube”
  • “What are Oscar Nominated Movies with Tom Hanks”
  • “Talk to Domino’s to order a Pizza”
  • “Who won the Royals Yankees game?”
  • “Book a reservation at Alexander’s Steakhouse”
  • “Order an Uber”
  • “Play Lullaby in Baby’s Room” (Assumes you have Google Home or Chromecast Speaker in Baby’s Room)

The same Google Assistant on Google Home device is now on SHIELD!
So there you have it. Fire up that SHIELD, and start playing around with Google Assistant.

LineageOS available for Shield Android TV (2015 Edition)

Edit: We were bored tonight – so here is LineageOS installed on Shield TV (2015).

We are not true believers of custom ROMs on Android TV – we believe if you don’t want Android TV then another hardware box might be more suitable for your needs.  (Note: This custom rom IS Android TV still.)

However, we do constantly get emails asking about them.  Even more emails from people that have tried custom ROMs and either bricked their devices or needed specialized help in recovery.

LineageOS is a popular custom ROM for many devices (similar to CyanogenMod).  This has been released for Shield Android TV (2015 Version aka Foster).  It is NOT available for 2017 versions.

If you do decide to engage in this custom ROM, drop us a line and let us know how you fared.

LineageOS for Shield TV (2015)

 

Taito’s RayStorm released on Android – Play it on Shield TV Sideloaded

While not everyone’s cup of tea (and certainly not at $9.99 – $7.99 currently on sale) this is pretty cool.  I sideloaded it on Shield TV and it plays 100% with a controller – always a nice thing.

Here is some video:

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

Shield Summer Sale

Summer is here and the SHIELD summer game sale is HOT. From June 22 through June 25, save up to 80% on these sizzling GeForce NOW titles.

From exploring the award-winning world of The Witcher 3: Game of the Year to escaping zombie hoards on a remote beach resort in Dead Island Riptide: Definitive Edition, gamers will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some R&R while playing these fan-favorite games.

Shield TV 5.2 Update Now Available

Watch and Record Live TV with Plex

Now with SHIELD TV and a Plex Pass, cord cutters can watch and record over-the-air broadcast TV on SHIELD in up to 1080 resolution with 5.1 surround sound.

SHIELD with Plex is a one-of-a-kind all-in-one DVR solution. With this release, SHIELD becomes:

  1. The first streaming media player to support Plex Live TV
  2. Only streaming media player able to browse and record shows from a beautiful, “10 foot” user interface

And since SHIELD is the industry’s only all-in-one Plex client and server device, you can DVR directly to SHIELD and then stream these shows to any device, anywhere in the world, all with a fraction of the power consumption and cost of other media server options.

Write to Network Storage (NAS)

SHIELD now supports write to Network Storage, allowing customers to Record TV shows and movies directly to their network attached storage (NAS) via Plex. SHIELD owners can continue to write to local storage, adopted storage and external storage drives.

Connect a USB Tuner for Plex Live TV

USB tuners are now supported on SHIELD TV – including support for the dual WinTV USB tuner from Hauppauge.

Best for 4K

Since the last software upgrade, SHIELD TV has added new 4K enhancements including:

  1. Google Play Movies in 4K
  2. Google Cast in up to 4K 60 frames-per-second with 5.1 surround sound

Other updates in this release include network storage directory and connectivity enhancements, Wi-Fi performance improvements, and experience enhancements for SHIELD remote and SHIELD controller.

Rooted Shield TV (2017) 5.1->5.2 Potential Issues

Here at the Zone, our rooted Shield TV (2017) “update looped” while trying to install the newly released 5.2 update.

Most OTAs have installed fine over our rooted install – but this time during the second part of the update (the screen with the Upgrading Experience) the unit would simply reboot – failing to update.  You would then be asked to update again.

We tried many methods to work through this.  Our solution is to do a stock recovery of the full 5.1 recovery image.  Once this was complete, 5.2 was able to install again – requiring rerooting of course.

We will update our Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV 2017) to 5.1 (there are some changes from 5.01).

Note:  We tested our unrooted Shield TV (2015) and Shield TV Pro – both updated fine.

 

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 Update Now Available

OTA 5.2 has dropped for Shield Tablet K1.  Here is what’s new:

  • Fixes to GPS crash
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard chargers
  • Overall stability & security optimizations
  • Update to Android Security Patch Level April 1, 2017

As always, we make the OTA download available here on NVidia Shield Zone.

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 (1951 downloads) (MD5: 80e781080adfd7f4a92776df97152b60)