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[Update: Fixed] If you use HDHomeRun's DVR features with your Shield TV, hold off on the Pie update

[Update: Fixed] If you use HDHomeRun's DVR features with your Shield TV, hold off on the Pie update

The Nvidia Shield TV started receiving Android 9.0 Pie yesterday, making it the device's fourth major software update. That being said, you may want to hold off on upgrading if you use your Shield TV as a DVR for HDHomeRun, as it seems to have broken this functionality — though a fix is being worked on.

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The Nvidia Shield TV gets Android 9 Pie, possibly longest-supported Android device ever

The Nvidia Shield TV gets Android 9 Pie, possibly longest-supported Android device ever

Today, Nvidia is releasing what it calls its "SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 8.0," for the Shield TV. That's an overly complicated way of saying the Shield TV is getting upgraded to Android 9 Pie, and the update is rolling out as we speak. For the record, the Shield TV launched with Android 5.1 and has seen four years of major software updates.

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New Nvidia Shield TV clears FCC, could launch soon with updated hardware

New Nvidia Shield TV clears FCC, could launch soon with updated hardware

Last month, a new version of the Nvidia Shield TV was spotted in the Play Console device catalog. Aside from running Android 9 Pie straight out of the box, the new revision — codenamed "mdarcy" to the previous iteration's "darcy" — didn't seem drastically different. What seems to be that refreshed version passed the FCC's certification process today.

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New Nvidia Shield TV running Android 9 Pie pops up in Play Console device catalog

New Nvidia Shield TV running Android 9 Pie pops up in Play Console device catalog

A new variant of the Nvidia Shield has popped up on the Google Play Developer console. The new hardware goes by the hardware codename "mdarcy," in contrast to the current model's "darcy," and it will run Android 9 Pie.

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You can enable split-screen multitasking on Nvidia Shield TV using a Bluetooth keyboard

You can enable split-screen multitasking on Nvidia Shield TV using a Bluetooth keyboard

An enterprising GeForce Forums user has stumbled upon a way of enabling split-screen multitasking on everybody's favorite Android TV box, the Nvidia Shield TV. It's not entirely practical, but if you've got a keyboard you can connect to the device, you can run two apps side by side on your television.

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Nvidia Shield TV and SmartThings Link bundle drops to $179 ($41 off)

Nvidia Shield TV and SmartThings Link bundle drops to $179 ($41 off)

Sales on the Nvidia Shield TV are relatively rare – as compared to some of our other favorite devices – so this one immediately caught my interest. You can grab the best Android TV box around and get a SmartThings Link for free, basically. You have to buy the Smart Home bundle, obviously.

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Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 brings NHL app and much-needed option to restart WiFi

Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 brings NHL app and much-needed option to restart WiFi

With every update, small or big, Nvidia's Shield TV gets better and better. Three years on, it's still easily the best standalone Android TV box you can buy. Today's update to Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 isn't a major one by any means, but it brings a feature I've wanted since the start: the option to restart WiFi and re-scan for networks.

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NVIDIA's Shield holiday game sale includes Riptide GP: Renegade, Ticket to Ride, Talos Principle, and more

NVIDIA's Shield holiday game sale includes Riptide GP: Renegade, Ticket to Ride, Talos Principle, and more

Seasonal game sales may more easily bring to mind Steam than Nvidia, but the latter is promoting a massive sale of Android games over on the Play Store with its SHIELD holiday game sale. Right now you can pick up twenty-one titles for up to 66% off. Games on sale include Jackbox Party Pack 5, Teslagrad, Talos Principle, Ticket to Ride, Alito's Adventure, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!, Death Road to Canada, a ton of others. With almost all of the games half off (or more), it's a good time to plump up that gaming to-do list.

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NVIDIA SHIELD upgrade 7.2 adds Amazon Music, customizable Quick Settings, and more

NVIDIA SHIELD upgrade 7.2 adds Amazon Music, customizable Quick Settings, and more

We just got done telling you that the SHIELD Android TV is still a great device three years after release in part because it keeps getting updates. NVIDIA isn't stopping the updates, either. A new upgrade to the SHIELD is rolling out today with Amazon Music integration, NAS improvements, customizable Quick Settings, and more.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago

The device we currently know as the "NVIDIA SHIELD" is not the first one to carry the name. That honor goes to the handheld device launched in 2013, later renamed SHIELD Portable. After that came the SHIELD Tablet, and finally the SHIELD Android TV in 2015. It was not the only way to get Android TV, but NVIDIA's box is the only one that had any staying power. Three years on, this device has gotten 20 updates across three major Android versions. I can't think of another Android device that offers so much value after more than three years of use. That's why we're taking another look at the SHIELD—it's changed quite a lot.

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