NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV console is among the most powerful and feature-rich streaming media players on the market today: it uses the Tegra X1 SoC and supports virtually all entertainment streaming services available courtesy to the Android TV platform. The SHIELD TV is usually more expensive than proprietary STBs from Amazon or Ruku as well as Android TV players from companies like Xiaomi, but the news is that NVIDIA will be offering its 2017 SHIELD TVs with a $30 discount in the next several days.

NVIDIA clearly understands that while the SHIELD TV has a good value because of hardware-accelerated 4K HDR support, compatibility with virtually all popular video and music streaming services, more or less regular software updates, smart home capabilities as well as generally high performance and advanced feature set, its entry-level price of $200 is still too high for many people. This is why earlier this year the company introduced the SHIELD TV 'remote only' version that costs $20 less than the model with both remote and game controller. Since the controller is sold for $59.99 when bought separately, the cheapest bundle may not offer the best value if gaming is on the table for the future, but if not, it will work just fine (in fact, there are about a dozen of games that can be played using a remote).

Now, for several days left before Christmas (till December 24), NVIDIA will sell its SHIELD TV consoles with a $30 discount. The SHIELD TV with a remote and a game controller is temporarily available for $169.99, whereas the SHIELD TV 'remote only' bundle can be purchased for $149.99 either directly from NVIDIA, or from retailers like Amazon. Those who buy a SHIELD TV before December 31 will get a three-months YouTube Red subscription free with their purchase.

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  • StevoLincolnite - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - link

    It's also using an older 20nm Maxwell based Tegra chip... So it's not as fast or as energy efficient as it could be... And the price should reflect that IMHO.

    The other issue is on the software front, there really isn't a must-have game that justify's the requirement for a Tegra X1 IMHO.
    Certainly nothing that couldn't be run on a Android TV box at a fraction of the price.

    I was hoping we might see some games transition over from the Switch as it shares a similar hardware and software base, but that hasn't really materialized.
  • Ikefu - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - link

    I'm interested in it purely for the game streaming from my PC. But $150 is way to much for that alone. Give me a $50 option with no remote or extras and let me pair my Xbox One controller to it for game streaming. I'd do that
  • krazyfrog - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - link

    There is a typo in your title.
  • Hurr Durr - Monday, December 25, 2017 - link

    Its not a typo at all. They mean that you only stare at the price in disbelief and then move on.
  • StrangerGuy - Monday, December 25, 2017 - link

    These days you really have to try to get a TV that doesn't already have the usual streaming apps built in.

    Besides even if I needed a add-on TV box I would rather just get a refurb SFF PC which is way more powerful and flexible than any of these half-assed Android boxes.
  • fivefeet8 - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - link

    The Shield TV does come with a price premium over other cheaper Android TV devices. And it does because it's also got the best hardware, driver support, and application support than other Android TV devices. The device gets updated regularly beyond just the Android TV OS updates. It's OpenGL and Vulkan drivers are a class above any other Android TV device.

    It's definitely not for everyone if all you want or need is a video streaming device.
  • speculatrix - Thursday, December 28, 2017 - link

    Now Staring at $149

    I'll stare at it a little longer!
  • Hrel - Thursday, December 28, 2017 - link

    This is part of why Anandtech has fallen so far, your writers don't even seem to have the most basic grasp of the English language.

    $30 is not "slashing" anything, "Nvidia trims $30 from..." is your headline.

    Now, go back to school until you've learned basic fucking English, or let someone who already knows do your job.

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