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hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11801 posts
For the past 6 years, i've had a WD TV Live as my main media player, with a 2.5" HDD plugged into it. It's worked well. But its starting to become a little unreliable.

All I need is something that plays mkvs and has a netflix app and has a remote control. Tried one of those android media player boxes, OMG, they stink. Netflix is basically unusable with a remote because it expects swipe inputs.

I'm not going to build a PC, they use too much power and I don't fancy having another OS to support. Needs to be kid & wife friendly and not super $$$.

Do you have any recommendations??
08:58pm 30/10/18 Permalink
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
6636 posts
nvidia shield
10:00pm 30/10/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39698 posts
Is Roku a thing in Australia yet? I loved my Roku; it was the best thing I've used for that stuff. Unfortunately it has a non-standard power plug and I haven't been able to find a cheap replacement.

So I'm using an old (1st gen?) Chromecast for Netflix at the moment. It's fine although a bit annoying having to use the phone as the control instead of a dedicated remote. It is kind of cool also being able to stream stuff straight from phone and PC to the TV if needed, although it's a bit crappy sometimes (I think the new devices are much better at this).
05:42am 31/10/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41227 posts
chromecast + plex
06:25am 31/10/18 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
15628 posts

Defo the Nvidia Shield. Should be able to pick one up for under $250. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/product/nvidia-shield-android-tv .

If you've had a poor experience with android tv boxes in the past, that would be because they're running regular android apps that are built for touchscreen interfaces. Shield runs proper Android TV OS, Kodi runs great, plays everything.

There's some cheaper options that also run proper Android TV like the Xiaomi Mi Box, which can often be found for sub $100, but they're prone to wifi and other playback issues so YMMV. Vodafone also sell one locally that seems to do ok https://www.vodafone.com.au/vodafone-tv .

For those that don't want to play locally stored mkv, the latest rev Apple TV is probably the go; otherwise, shield.


10:11am 31/10/18 Permalink
Ickus
Perth, Western Australia
648 posts
easy and effective - nvidia shield
cheap and effective - AM8xx/9xx chipset android device with libreelec on it
easy and cheap - prepackaged android TV device ie Xiaomi Mi Box

My current media player list (all talk back to a NAS)
PC - win10, kodi and nextpvr
RPi2 - libreelec
AM908 box - libreelect

I'm going to replace either the RPi2 or the AM908 box with a nvidia shield (hopefully with a nice Christmas special price discount)
12:36pm 31/10/18 Permalink
deadlyf
Queensland
4084 posts
I just use an Xbone but if you can setup a plex server then Chromecast + Plex as Spook suggests is probably the way to go.

Is Roku a thing in Australia yet? I loved my Roku; it was the best thing I've used for that stuff. Unfortunately it has a non-standard power plug and I haven't been able to find a cheap replacement.
Telstra TV box or whatever it's called is a Roku player. I'm guessing the reason you don't see them elsewhere is some sort of exclusivity deal so Telstra can charge $192 per unit.
05:32pm 31/10/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39699 posts
Telstra TV box or whatever it's called is a Roku player. I'm guessing the reason you don't see them elsewhere is some sort of exclusivity deal so Telstra can charge $192 per unit.
really, thanks, interesting. I was just at Costco in California and saw latest gen Roku for $82. I guess it costs $100 or so to put a Telstra logo on it?
05:50pm 31/10/18 Permalink
bLaZe
New South Wales
125 posts
give telstra some more credit. they also have to remove functions and restrict access.
03:51pm 01/11/18 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11802 posts
Thanks Gents.

Looks like i'll have to bite the bullet and get the nvidia shield. I already have a chromecast but that's not nearly as convenient and kid/wife friendly than just a remote.

I appreciate your help.
08:03pm 03/11/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41229 posts
Even using phone apps?
09:31am 04/11/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39705 posts
If you've had a poor experience with android tv boxes in the past, that would be because they're running regular android apps that are built for touchscreen interfaces. Shield runs proper Android TV OS, Kodi runs great, plays everything.
How do you stream your own content to the Shield? I have (somehow) never heard of this thing but it sounds pretty awesome. I haven't resurrected my Roku and just using the Chromestick is starting to get a bit old with its limitations.
03:14pm 15/11/18 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
15629 posts
How do you stream your own content to the Shield?
There's at least four different answers to that Q.

1/ As a native Android TV device, the Shield TV supports Chromecasting or GoogleCast or whatever they've branded their one-click local streaming standard this week: When your Android phone is on the same LAN as a chromecast device, you get the little cast button in supported apps like youtube. I presume there's similar ways to cast stuff from PC/mac/ios also but i've never used.

2/ As a client device for Nvidia Gamestream: using the streaming server software that is baked into Nvidia drivers (for all cards since the GTX 9 series or thereabouts) to stream PC games over LAN from a Windows 10 PC.

3/ As a client device for Valve's Steam in-homestreaming tech which does the same thing as Nvidia Gamestream using the Steam Android App.

4/ As a client device for GeForce Now, which is Nvidia's online game streaming service (like PlayStation Now/OnLive etc). This does actually work from AU, but still no local serverst, so heavy input lag obv.


There's a bunch of other ways you can stream stuff to it, like using Kodi as a DLNA renderer. It's kind of nuts how much Kodi can do really, it's near enough to it's own OS in an app.
10:08pm 15/11/18 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3359 posts
+1 to nvidia shield. Finally replaced my old Asrock Ion (9 years old!) and Chromecast with an Nvidia Shield and couldn't be happier. Does everything I need and is fast and snappy. Dan has pretty much summed everything up already, but for me personally I like that it has Kodi (as I was still using XBMC), you can cast to it just like a Chromecast, and the build quality is really nice.
09:49am 16/11/18 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
24192 posts
I use the Samsung Smart TV
08:00am 18/11/18 Permalink
deadlyf
Queensland
4085 posts
The shield just popped up on Ozbargains for those interested.

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/417115
12:18pm 18/11/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39707 posts
thanks dudes, nice to see a hardware thing that everyone loves so I think I'll pick one up soon as I see one on sale again. Might encourage me to upgrade my TV too, although that is a more stressful decision!@#
08:41pm 19/11/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41233 posts
samsung 4k in whatever size you want.

done.
06:22am 20/11/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39708 posts
Do I want the optional controller for the Shield? I don't really see myself playing many games on it, although if the GameStream thing works well enough without me having to move my PC closer to the Shield I could posslby try a couple of games like Batman etc on the TV.
01:59pm 20/11/18 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
15630 posts
The controller is good quality, but I'm not sure if having the official one has any real advantage as the console supports most third party USB and bluetooth controllers.

Wired xbox/compatible controllers work great, the new XB1 controllers with bluetooth work well wirelessly, and it even supports both ps4 and ps3 controllers over bluetooth without any additional software.

The official shield controller has additional volume control buttons, but no idea if there's anything else special or nvidia-specific that it does.
07:12pm 20/11/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41234 posts
Looks like umart and othet retailers have shields discounted atm
05:22pm 23/11/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39712 posts
yeh $198 atm, not too bad and it's just down the road
03:11pm 24/11/18 Permalink
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