The original Nvidia Shield TV launched back in 2015 and was updated again in early 2017. When the first version launched my household was still running traditional cable TV along with servers hosting backups of our movies and TV shows just being fed to traditional HTPCs where needed. When we moved, to keep costs down I was looking to cut out cable but not lose the functionality and the original Shield TV as well as the Shield TV 2017 really helped with that by combining them with Plex and PlayStation Vue and I even was able to tie in Samsung’s SmartThings as well and use the Shield TV as a hub. I talked about both in THIS article. Well, Nvidia is at it again with the new for 2019 (hey it came in a little late lol) Shield TV with an updated Tegra X1+ SoC and a new form factor as well for the non-pro model. Today I’m going to check it out!

Product Name: Nvidia Shield TV 2019

Review Sample Provided by: Nvidia

Written by: Wes Compton

Amazon Affiliate Link: HERE




NVIDIA® Tegra® X1+ processor with a 256-core NVIDIA GPU and 2 GB RAM

Video Features

4K HDR Ready

Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10


AI-enhanced upscaling for 720p/1080p to 4K up to 30 FPS

Up to 4K HDR playback at 60 FPS (H.265/HEVC)

Up to 4K playback at 60 FPS (VP8, VP9, H.264, MPEG1/2)

Up to 1080p playback at 60 FPS (H.263, MJPEG, MPEG4, WMV9/VC1)

Format/Container support: Xvid/ DivX/ASF/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MPEG-TS/MP4/WEB-M


Dolby Audio (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos)

DTS-X surround sound (pass-through) over HDMI

High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB

High-resolution audio up-sample to 24-bit/192 kHz over USB

Audio support: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WAVE, AMR, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, PCM, WMA, WMA-Pro, WMA-Lossless, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD (pass-through), DTS-X (pass-through), and DTS-HD (pass-through)

Weight and Size

Weight: 4.83 oz / 137 g

Height: 1.57 in / 4 cm

Width: 1.57 in / 4 cm

Depth: 6.5 in / 16.5 cm



*Portion of storage occupied by system software

Expandable via microSD


802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0 + LE

Captive Portal support


Gigabit Ethernet

HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 and CEC support

MicroSD card slot

Operating System

Android 9.0 (Pie) powered by Android TV™ with Chromecast 4K built-in

Software Updates

SHIELD Experience Upgrades directly from NVIDIA

Voice Assistants

Built in Voice Control

The Google Assistant


Hands-free Voice Control†

Google Home compatible (Google Assistant)*

Amazon Echo compatible (Works with Alexa)*



> Microphone for voice search and commands

> Motion-activated backlit buttons

> Bluetooth connectivity

> IR blaster for control of volume and power on TVs, soundbars, or receivers

> Remote locator for finding a lost remote

> 2x AAA batteries included


Built-in power supply

Gaming Features

NVIDIA GeForce NOW™ game streaming service (compatible game controller or keyboard/mouse is required)


NVIDIA GameStream™ (requires compatible GeForce RTX™ or GTX-powered PC)


Android gaming via Google Play Store

Included Apps




Amazon Prime Video

Google Play Movies & TV


Amazon Music

Google Play Store

Google Play Music


Google Play Games



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