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[Staples] NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV 4K HDR Streaming Media Player- $179.99

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Thanks op been curious to try one as my pi has been giving me some issues. Cheers
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crimsondr wrote: Tube version does not play 4K via Plex properly. If you use Plex for 4K get the pro version.
Try installing spmc, (kodi) and install the plex app in it. Works flawlessly on my 2017. It's all I use kodi for. You can set it to open automatically when you open kodi.
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madmox wrote: Try installing spmc, (kodi) and install the plex app in it. Works flawlessly on my 2017. It's all I use kodi for. You can set it to open automatically when you open kodi.
Thanks for the suggestion. I've always used the official Plex app. Used Rokus for years and it was great until I tried to do subtitles with 4K and no transcoding. Bought the tube earlier this year and it seemed to work at first but then crashed out all the time. I've already purchased two pros and they're working great. I'll try the workaround on the Tube so hopefully it's not totally useless going forward.
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OP / perennial Mr. thread capper / time machine guru can't even do the math right lol

This is my first down vote since the month down voting was permitted (gave a few to bullies but that was it).

$10 amazon.ca calculator link anyone?
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With the new google chromecast with remote around the corner this is not "hot" imo.
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More_toys wrote: OP. You need to explain your math, or fix the price in your title/post.
Haha my bad. Price fixed now
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Lush78 wrote: Pro. It has usb, 64 bit support, and extra ram.

This version has been in stock since the coupon came around.
I got the non pro for my parents, who really don't need Pro features.
My one critique of the Pro (which I got for myself about a month ago) is that it should also have a microsd slot (along with the 2 USB ports). Can obviously just use an adapter, but would be way nicer having a slot.
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crimsondr wrote: Tube version does not play 4K via Plex properly. If you use Plex for 4K get the pro version.
Thank you, was not aware this was a tube specific issue. Gotta buy a pro now. I have been restarting the tube every time before watching a 4k movie and if I do that it allows me to get through without issue as long as I do not try skipping back/ahead or pausing.
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I know Plex has all the clout, and the server isn't bad, but I've always had issues on the player end. I think using Kodi to access your Plex library is the way to go, albeit not as user friendly
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stroger wrote: I know Plex has all the clout, and the server isn't bad, but I've always had issues on the player end. I think using Kodi to access your Plex library is the way to go, albeit not as user friendly
I've been using Kodi (on Vero 4K and Shield TV) for years through my NAS, so my Kodi library are files hosted on my NAS. Never had any issue with playback, even the most demanding video files like 2160p HEVC. I can skip, rewind, fast forward and so on. Never had a buffering issue. Kodi remembers where I was when I stop watching a movie or TV show, and allows to easily download subtitles. I can also easily create bookmarks. Would there be any advantage of using Plex Media Server over my current setup?
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willy0275 wrote: I've been using Kodi (on Vero 4K and Shield TV) for years through my NAS, so my Kodi library are files hosted on my NAS. Never had any issue with playback, even the most demanding video files like 2160p HEVC. I can skip, rewind, fast forward and so on. Never had a buffering issue. Kodi remembers where I was when I stop watching a movie or TV show, and allows to easily download subtitles. I can also easily create bookmarks. Would there be any advantage of using Plex Media Server over my current setup?
Probably not tbh. If everything is working well already, i cant think of any advantages.
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stroger wrote: Probably not tbh. If everything is working well already, i cant think of any advantages.
Well thanks, but what's the usual advantage of using Plex Media Server versus a simple network drive where are the files are, for example? I'm just trying to grasp why Plex is so popular.

EDIT: I pondered this over a beer and maybe I managed to answer myself, you could confirm this. The problem with my setup is that I can only watch my TV shows and movies from the same device, connected to my TV. It's a static setup. The advantage of a Media Server like Plex is that it can broadcast the media and any device with the Plex app can easily connect and watch the feeds. So if I wanted to watch something over my phone, I'd simply install the Plex app on it, and I'd be able to watch videos from my library on the phone. If I wanted to connect to a network drive on my phone, and have access to my library, it would be a lot of work (if it's even possible). Would that sound like *the* advantage of Plex?
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willy0275 wrote: Well thanks, but what's the usual advantage of using Plex Media Server versus a simple network drive where are the files are, for example? I'm just trying to grasp why Plex is so popular.

EDIT: I pondered this over a beer and maybe I managed to answer myself, you could confirm this. The problem with my setup is that I can only watch my TV shows and movies from the same device, connected to my TV. It's a static setup. The advantage of a Media Server like Plex is that it can broadcast the media and any device with the Plex app can easily connect and watch the feeds. So if I wanted to watch something over my phone, I'd simply install the Plex app on it, and I'd be able to watch videos from my library on the phone. If I wanted to connect to a network drive on my phone, and have access to my library, it would be a lot of work (if it's even possible). Would that sound like *the* advantage of Plex?
The advantage of Plex is the UI. It's a great interface. I also use it to view my media on any device. The syncing feature is great as well. It will automatically download new episodes to my iPad which I can then watch offline while on the go train.
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I have the 2015 (non pro). Is this worth upgrading?
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I think we're the only two RFD members with the Vero 4k+. I had the nVidia Shield TV tube but ended up selling it because I was only using it for streaming Youtube. But I can do the same thing with the Vero by 'sharing' (i.e. casting) from my phone via the Yatse app.

RE: Plex Server
You're right in that the Plex server allows you to watch with any device. You're not tied to watching on a single device. The device that's hosting the Plex Server is transcoding the video and streaming it to your device. I.e. Your device (e.g. phone) isn't doing the heavy lifting of processing the video. It's just receiving the video and playing it.

Btw, RFD is in love with the nVidia Shield as the be all and end all of media players. So we'll need to be careful of saying anything positive about the Vero 4k+ or face the wrath of RFD!
willy0275 wrote: Well thanks, but what's the usual advantage of using Plex Media Server versus a simple network drive where are the files are, for example? I'm just trying to grasp why Plex is so popular.

EDIT: I pondered this over a beer and maybe I managed to answer myself, you could confirm this. The problem with my setup is that I can only watch my TV shows and movies from the same device, connected to my TV. It's a static setup. The advantage of a Media Server like Plex is that it can broadcast the media and any device with the Plex app can easily connect and watch the feeds. So if I wanted to watch something over my phone, I'd simply install the Plex app on it, and I'd be able to watch videos from my library on the phone. If I wanted to connect to a network drive on my phone, and have access to my library, it would be a lot of work (if it's even possible). Would that sound like *the* advantage of Plex?
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poppy1337 wrote: I have the 2015 (non pro). Is this worth upgrading?
Only if you want/need Dolby Vision. The original shield is going into the history books as the greatest supported device of all time.
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Kursor17 wrote: I think we're the only two RFD members with the Vero 4k+. I had the nVidia Shield TV tube but ended up selling it because I was only using it for streaming Youtube. But I can do the same thing with the Vero by 'sharing' (i.e. casting) from my phone via the Yatse app.

RE: Plex Server
You're right in that the Plex server allows you to watch with any device. You're not tied to watching on a single device. The device that's hosting the Plex Server is encoding the video and streaming it to your device. I.e. Your device (e.g. phone) isn't doing the heavy lifting of processing the video. It's just receiving the video and playing it.
Wow thanks for the explanation, "Vero bro" Smiling Face With Open Mouth So even a "weak" device would be able to watch 4K HEVC feeds because the transcoding is done remotely. That's a nice advantage, but since I only watch my media on my TV, the Vero 4K with Kodi is all I need! I also have the Shield TV for its nice "native Android" features like Youtube, but my Vero 4K is my main device for Kodi, I love it!
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You're welcome Vero "Brah".

nVidia Shield (Android TV UI) is more user friendly and than the native KODI (OSMC) baked into our Vero 4k+.

Using a single device (Vero) was conscious effort to limit screen time for the family! 1 TV, 1 device.
willy0275 wrote: Wow thanks for the explanation, "Vero bro" Smiling Face With Open Mouth So even a "weak" device would be able to watch 4K HEVC feeds because the transcoding is done remotely. That's a nice advantage, but since I only watch my media on my TV, the Vero 4K with Kodi is all I need! I also have the Shield TV for its nice "native Android" features like Youtube, but my Vero 4K is my main device for Kodi, I love it!
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Food for thought for Plex/Jellyfin/Emby users.

I'd just get the tube and put the savings toward a sufficiently powered NAS. Run Plex/JF/Emby on the NAS and it'll serve and store the media, because you know, you'll need a place to store the media, right?

I'd only get the pro if you need to run 64bit apps.

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