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    Question streaming devices


    i'm betting Igloo and/or Kurlon are the first to post...

    I have a gen 2 Amazon TV (box) because it has an ethernet port without needing an adapter.
    with the newer streams hitting 4k, i'm starting to struggle to watch without buffering issues..

    I've had two recommendations for the Nvidia Shield Pro.
    After reading specs and reviews, it looks like the new Amazon Cube is better for streaming.

    What are you nerds recommending?

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    Re: streaming devices

    Gen 2 Fire TV specs:
    2gb RAM, 8gb of storage. i cant find the speeds of the RAM

    Gen 2 Cube specs:
    2GB DDR4-2400 Mbps, 16gb storage

    NVidia Shield Pro specs:
    3gb RAM, 16gb storage. I cant find the speeds of the RAM

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    Re: streaming devices

    I have a shield pro. The newest version is the 2019 and it has different, better, triangularly shaped remote. The main improvement from the older version is the 4K AI upscaling which works automatically on any sub-4K content that is 30fps or less. It works great. If you're an Android fan Android TV is a great OS. If you happen to want to play games on your TV it's amazing because you can connect bluetooth controllers (xbox, playstation) and use the GeForce Now service, play games off your PC with Gamestream, or play Android games you got from the Google Play Store. It comes at a price premium compared to other streaming boxes but if you're going to use some of these features it's worth it. Nvidia is great at pushing out software updates and bug fixes. Currently I've heard there's an issue with Amazon Video but I'm sure it's being worked on. It's definitely cream of the crop.

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    Re: streaming devices

    I've had a Roku Ultra, an Nvidia Shield and an Apple TV 4k. So far I like the apple TV the best. All 3 have run on a wired connection, which if it's feasible to do your in house, is the best thing you can do. I have not had buffering issues on any of them in the past 3 years. Roku I had an assache with their privacy policy. Shield TV I absolutely hated the remote. I know both sound trivial but for something we use so much, having it "just work" was worth jumping from device to device. The shield had the best customization and has the most expandability. Especially if you ever plan on running a NAS or playing games. The games thing sounds cool but I ended up never using it. Every game I tried wanted you to sign into a steam (may be another service) account to play. The sheild would also constantly change the menu to show you sponsored content.

    Apple TV works best for us because it's child and grandparent proof. My 3 year old can run it and so can my parents when they watch my daughter. The ATV can on and off the TV as well as control the volume. That eliminated the need for my TV remote. As far as 4k content goes, I have Sling and I don't believe anything they broadcast supports 4k so it's never been something I looked into.

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    Re: streaming devices

    anyone have some research on the Nvidia Sheild Pro vs Amazon Cube 2nd gen?

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    Re: streaming devices

    Do you need the extra capabilities of the Shield? Do you like the Amazon ecosystem? Fire is fine for streaming. I think you're only missing out on the upscaling but most likely your TV does that already. It's hard to recommend which way to go without knowing what hardware you have, how you're going to use it, how much you like to tinker, etc.

    Edit: also worth mentioning is that the Shield Pro is sold out right now.

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    Re: streaming devices

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimedog View Post
    Do you need the extra capabilities of the Shield? Do you like the Amazon ecosystem? Fire is fine for streaming. I think you're only missing out on the upscaling but most likely your TV does that already. It's hard to recommend which way to go without knowing what hardware you have, how you're going to use it, how much you like to tinker, etc.
    the CPU, RAM, and storage are better than the non-pro version. i'm only using a device for streaming, and my 2nd gen Fire TV (box, not stick) is struggling sometimes on the 4K streams. yes, it's wired in to the modem.

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    Re: streaming devices

    I nabbed an Amazon Fire Stick 4k when it was on sale for half price to replace my aging 1st gen FireStick.

    The thing works the ballllllllllllls.

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    Re: streaming devices

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    the CPU, RAM, and storage are better than the non-pro version. i'm only using a device for streaming, and my 2nd gen Fire TV (box, not stick) is struggling sometimes on the 4K streams. yes, it's wired in to the modem.
    They have the same processor. There is a gig less ram, less internal storage, no usb ports, and it can only run 32bit apps. It's more than capable for 4k streaming. Pro is overkill for what you need and you can buy the TV for a discount while you can't buy the Pro at all (or without paying a low stock markup.) Go with what ecosystem you like. Shield, Fire, or Apple.

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