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Interesting. I am just now on my way back from the Thai Nexus Man where i picked up the Pro model

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Interesting. I am just now on my way back from the Thai Nexus Man where i picked up the Pro model

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Yeah great option if you live in BKK, saves 1,000 on the Lazada COD price and gives you the chance to check it's a NISB product. They have a 7 day returns warranty on them too, more than you'd likely get if ordering from Amazon, or rather, easier and cheaper to take advantage of being in a Thailand should you need it.

Longer term warranty support I guess is always going to be an issue being here but I'm guessing (hoping) you might get somewhere with Nvidia if the need ever arose. Hopefully I'll not have reason to try and find out.


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Yeah great option if you live in BKK, saves 1,000 on the Lazada COD price and gives you the chance to check it's a NISB product. They have a 7 day returns warranty on them too, more than you'd likely get if ordering from Amazon, or rather, easier and cheaper to take advantage of being in a Thailand should you need it.

Longer term warranty support I guess is always going to be an issue being here but I'm guessing (hoping) you might get somewhere with Nvidia if the need ever arose. Hopefully I'll not have reason to try and find out.


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Yes I live in Phuket and work in Myanmar. I am very often in Bangkok. As I had to stop in Bangkok today (going to Yangon this evening), i sent an email to the Thai Nexus Man to pickup the Shield this morning.
By the way, i did not open the box yet. Does it need any batteries for the remote and the controller? I will open it when I arrive in Yangon this evening but i wouldn't be stuck because I miss some batteries...

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Yes I live in Phuket and work in Myanmar. I am very often in Bangkok. As I had to stop in Bangkok today (going to Yangon this evening), i sent an email to the Thai Nexus Man to pickup the Shield this morning.
By the way, i did not open the box yet. Does it need any batteries for the remote and the controller? I will open it when I arrive in Yangon this evening but i wouldn't be stuck because I miss some batteries...

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No batteries needed. The remote comes with two batteries pre-installed. The game controller is chargeable via the USB Port.


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 Hmmmm. Trying to quote the USB post here but something seems to be screwed up with the formatting of it. Had it a lot with quotes just lately, especially with Tapatalk, and trying to sort it out on a touch device is such a bitch I just give up.  
Out of interest, what USB storage option are you using? I've been having a read through about all the Nvidia recommended USB thumb drives folks are using but finding they are getting hot and/or getting ejected by the device. Consensus seems to be that, recommended or not, the thumb drives are just not up to getting the activity they get off of a Shield and can't cope. Much as I'd prefer there not to be yet ANOTHER box around I'm thinking of going with something like a small 500GB Seagate Back Up Plus at around 1,600. I've always found them reliable and they're not far off the price of the 128/256 thumb drives anyway. They'd sure be able to take the use they'd get too, being full blown HDDs. I was even looking at a 256 GB SSD in a USB 3 Enclosure but I'm thinking that'd be overkill.
 
 
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Using the 128GB. Yes, its hot to the touch if you pull it out, but working as it should on my setup.
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8 hours ago, Daryle said:

 


Using the 128GB. Yes, its hot to the touch if you pull it out, but working as it should on my setup.

 

Thanks.  Is it a thumb-drive type or the USB 3 HDD enclosure (connected by cable) type?

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Thanks.  Is it a thumb-drive type or the USB 3 HDD enclosure (connected by cable) type?


Thumb-drive type.
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ok, I finally managed to take out from the box my Nvidia Shield that I got Sunday in Bangkok yesterday evening as I have been busy. But I am confused.

I already have another android box, a Minix Neo U1 and when I bought it, it was quite straight forward. Connect the box, then enter your google account and then download all the apps you want. Connect an external drive and start to watch your movies.

But yesterday, I unboxed the Nvidia, connect to the TV using the HDMI and put it on. So far so good. After few steps setup (wifi connection, google account...), then it upgrade to 5.1. ok.

Once the upgrade completed, I started to play around with the menu. there was few apps already pre-installed (Netflix, Utube...). I went to Play store to install some others apps but not available. I used the search menu but "not found". I am talking about application such as iflix, ExpressVPN, Google photos... none of them. Do I miss something?

Then I gave up. I am going connect my external drive and watch a movie. My external drive is a Seagate backup 2 TB, NTFS with plenty of movies and series downloaded from torrent. I installed ES file explorer and could see my external drive but no way to open it! After several try, I gave up and disconnect the drive and connect it to my laptop. Then, what a surprise: your drive is not readable, you need to format it!

Did I miss something?

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Maybe because the Shield will only access apps in the Play Store that are Android TV compatible.  In cases where the apps are not designed for ATV you will need to side-load their APKs.  I use either Aptoide TV store or bring them in from APK Pure / APK Mirror.  iFlix is one of those apps.  I thought side-loaded apps wouldn't show in the Shield Home Screen but iFlix does. I think it's down to whether they use a fall back or not. 

 

How is your drive formatted?  Could that be the issue?  What format are the movies in and waht are you using to view the movies?  ES Media Player? I don't use direct drive viewing to be honest, all my local media is stored on a server with some external HDDs, accessed with Plex or from Kodi.In my case I have Plex Server on my attached Mac Mini but I think folks are using Plex Media Server on Shields with external HDDs as the source.

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I think I have already found out how to install those apps. I spent quite a lot of time on internet this morning. I am going to Playstore from my laptop, select the app and click install. Then it ask on which of my compatible devices I want to install it. And on the list, it show my Nvidia Shield. I will check when I am back to my hotel this evening if it has been successfully installed.

 

As for my drive, it's a Seagate Backup 2Tb formatted  NTFS. I also checked on internet and the Shield accept NTFS and exFat. Anyway, I saw on some forums, people are advising if such problem happen, to re-format the drive, leave it empty, then connect it to the shield and if it's working, load the files. I actually also managed to recover my files this morning and I am moving then now before re-formating the drive.

I am not very experience on such things. just trying to find the solution on internet. Let see if it work tonight

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iFlix is an odd one out the bunch.  It's not actually an Android TV app AFAIK so you can't access it from the device itself.  But from the Playstore it will tell you it's compatible and allow you to send it to the Shield?  It also shows up on the Shield Home Screen once installed?  Very odd.  I'm not sure on what basis the Play Store lets you install apps.  Whether it has to be Android TV specific (which iFlix isn't) or whether it uses / needs a fallback to show up?

 

Not sure if you know about this but I use this app to create fall-backs to all my side-loaded apps so I can carry on using the Shield launcher rather than messing with switching out to TVLauncher etc.:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=news.androidtv.tvapprepo.playstore 

 

When I was researching the Shield I saw lots of folks suggesting that HDDs be formatted to EXFAT, despite the NTFS support.

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Thanks Sookee, that's very helpful. As I said earlier, I am new in this kind of thing and your feedback is appreciate.

As for Iflix, I will see when I am back to my hotel this evening if it has been installed and appeared on the home screen. If not, I will then install the TV app repo.

As for the drive, once all my files have been moved already, I will re-format on Exfat.

 

 

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Welcome, I'm still doing the crash course myself LOL.  I think you'll find the iFlix App will have installed fine.  But it is one of those dedicated phone / tablet apps designed for touch screen so, as with the U1, you'll need the air-mouse to use it.

 

I only use the Repo fallback shortcut generator as a last resort but it's great for allowing you to keep the Shield home screen which I actually think is quite good, being a non-partisan home screen like that on the Amazon centric Fire TV.  I've seen reports of folks using other launchers with mixed results but at the moment I need to do more with my life than sitting reading up on these things, just for the sake of aesthetics.  I did try TV Launcher but, while it looks OK, it doesn't seem to stick and pressing the home button takes you back the the Shield Home Screen from where you have to launch the damn thing again.  So I found that using this repo app to generate shortcuts for the 5-6 sideloads I have (Mobdro, UKTV Now, Terrarium, Show Box etc) to be quite good.

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Quick update.  I sent a mail to Jeff Bezos's email address at Amazon about the seemingly excessive import deposit being levied when ordering a Shield to ship to Thailand.  The mail was passed to the Executive Customer Relations team.  Got this response today:

 

"I've received a response from the team investigating this item. It appears the item was listed inappropriately and it has been updated in our system. Please review the updated import costs as they should be much lower now."

 

Indeed it is!!  Costs now from Amazon:

 

Shield:                 7,902

Shipping:               961

Import Deposit:    873

Total:                   9,127

 

Much, MUCH, better.  If you don't get hit for the import deposit (AND get it back) it would be 8,860 baht, 1,130 cheaper than Thai Nexus Man.  If you do have to pay the deposit, 860 cheaper.  The big thing with Amazon though is that you'd get the full warranty from them for 1 year, might be a pain to administer from here but you WOULD have it, vs 7 days with TNM.  Bonus with TNM is you can get one tomorrow.  If your're not in BKK though it would DEFINITELY be better to order from Amazon IMO vs 10,990 delivered by TNM via Lazada.

 

If I decide to replace my U9 in the bedroom with another one (just for the sake of having the same device and OS in each room) I'd likely order from Amazon, esp with 5-10 days delivery.

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