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2015 Nvidia Shield 500GB.
Can anyone help me with a problem I am having?  I want to load ExpressVPN on my Shield box. I cannot see it in the Google Play Store when I search on my Shield, but I can see Express VPN in store if I search on my PC.
 
Also on expressVPN's site it says it is on Google Play Store.
 
I did see somewhere that ExpressVPN does not run on Android TV.droid. Could this be anything to do with it?
 
TIA
 
 


Well i had exactly the same issue, having a Shield 500G and using ExpressVPN.
I went to google store on my PC and choose my Shield to be install on. It work perfectly now.
For others apps not available on Google store TV from the Shield , i followed the advices of Sooksee with Aptoide and it is also working fine.

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Well i had exactly the same issue, having a Shield 500G and using ExpressVPN.
I went to google store on my PC and choose my Shield to be install on. It work perfectly now.
For others apps not available on Google store TV from the Shield , i followed the advices of Sooksee with Aptoide and it is also working fine.

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I meant Sookee who has provided me very helpfull support for my Shield

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What would be the recommended usb flash drive for the shield 16gb among the 3 recommended by NVIDIA?

 

- SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ80-064G-GAM46); or
- SanDisk Ultra USB flash drive, 128 GB, Black (SDCZ48-128G-A46); or
- Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X1 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

 

? Or any other?

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Personally I use the Samsung Bar. Has the benefit of having a very narrow fitting allowing you to still get another USB device in the next slot (in my case, an air mouse dongle).


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Thanks @SooKee. I got my Nvidia Shield from the same guy than you. So far so good. I've installed Kodi and some addon builds. Seem to be working fine. Do you use any VPN? If so anyone you recommend that is worth paying for?

 

Regarding the Mouse which one would you recommend A2 Lite or A3? The A3 has a mic but doesn't seem to work with the Shield so I wonder what's the benefit of the A3.

 

Thanks

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12 minutes ago, Polanskiman said:

Thanks @SooKee. I got my Nvidia Shield from the same guy than you. So far so good. I've installed Kodi and some addon builds. Seem to be working fine. Do you use any VPN? If so anyone you recommend that is worth paying for?

 

Regarding the Mouse which one would you recommend A2 Lite or A3? The A3 has a mic but doesn't seem to work with the Shield so I wonder what's the benefit of the A3.

 

Thanks

I'd go with the A2 Lite.  The A3 'benefit' for users of Minix boxes is the microphone.  The A2 had reported problems when used with a Shield, interfering with the audio settings, the A3 doesn't seem to do that (I have an A3 as well) but the mic still doesn't work.  In any event, I find the 'Mute' and 'Enter' keys far more useful than 'Mic' and 'Settings'.  Using CEC on/off on the Shield you can then wake the Shield / TV with a press of the 'Home' button on the A2 Lite.  You will need to download the Kodi keymap editor to get the 'Back' button to work as it should in Kodi but it's easy enough to do.  

 

Sent you a PM re VPNs.

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54 minutes ago, SooKee said:

I'd go with the A2 Lite.  The A3 'benefit' for users of Minix boxes is the microphone.  The A2 had reported problems when used with a Shield, interfering with the audio settings, the A3 doesn't seem to do that (I have an A3 as well) but the mic still doesn't work.  In any event, I find the 'Mute' and 'Enter' keys far more useful than 'Mic' and 'Settings'.  Using CEC on/off on the Shield you can then wake the Shield / TV with a press of the 'Home' button on the A2 Lite.  You will need to download the Kodi keymap editor to get the 'Back' button to work as it should in Kodi but it's easy enough to do.  

 

Sent you a PM re VPNs.

Isn't the interference with the audio settings with the A2 light annoying?

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Isn't the interference with the audio settings with the A2 light annoying?


There are none with the 'A2 Lite'. Only with the A2. Two distinct devices.


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2 hours ago, SooKee said:

 


There are none with the 'A2 Lite'. Only with the A2. Two distinct devices.


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Indeed. I misread. I thought you were referring to the A2 light. Thanks for clarifying.

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On 29/05/2017 at 10:32 AM, SooKee said:

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I've had an email back from HooQ saying they were able to replicate the issue.  Asked me to try it again.  Trouble is, it entails downloading the Play Store version to get the Android TV version then try it out and again in this case it didn't work.  Which then involves a re-install of the mobile APK and signing in again.  In all honesty I'm not that bothered with HooQ save for the series Nikita which I never got round to watching.  If it wasn't free with the AIS Playbox package I wouldn't even bother with it and certainly wouldn't pay for it.  The side-loaded mobile APK works fine BUT the subtitles appear so small on the screen that you can't see them.  The app doesn't seem to render the subs proportionately, unlike iFlix and Netflix that display fine.  Told them it's still not working and they said they'll try and sort it and get an updated app out.

 

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Quick update on this for those that have HooQ on their Shield or Android box.  HooQ have now released a version of their app that is optimised for Android TV.  They actually released it some time ago but it required you to use their app on a mobile phone (in my case an iPhone) to link the TV app account.  For some reason however it would never work, returning 'Failed to link account on secondary device'.  I had mailed HooQ about it and was in correspondence with their Help Desk sending them numerous screen shots and version details of the apps. They said they were looking into it and would contact me with details of any fix.  Seemed they were able to replicate the issue.

 

Anyway, they contacted me the other day to say they had released a new iOS app version (3.1.9.1 IIRC) that fixed the problem and thankfully it did. I likely wouldn't bother with HooQ much but it's free with my AIS account and it does have a couple of series like Gotham and Nikita.  The big bonus with the new 'optimised for Android TV' version is that Thai subtitles will now show correctly scaled to TV size if your device runs Android TV.  Problem is, if your device runs standard Android (such as my Minix in the bedroom), it seems that this app is amongst the growing number of smart apps that detects what device it's being installed on and configures itself automatically unlike before when there would be Android and Android TV versions, allowing you to side-load the TV APK to a regular Android box. Not a big problem overall except there's something amiss with the subtitles on the regular Android version.  Clearly the subtitles on that are coded so as not to be intrusive on a small screen.  Trouble is, you'd need a magnifying glass to watch them on a TV.

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So I've had the Shield tv for 6 days now. I am experiencing some issues. I haven't been able to reproduce the issue but it has happened to me several times already. Sometimes when coming out of sleep nothing shows up on the TV. Pushing buttons on the control remote doesn't do anything and there is no video output. I am forced to unplug the Shield. Anyone experienced this? I am not sure but I'm thinking this happens when the Shield goes into screen saver and then sleeps. 

 

edit: there, just did it again 1 minute ago while trying to wake it up.

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I've not had the exact same problem as far as I can recall.  Is it connected direct to the TV or via a sound bar or amp?  Couple of times I think I had a blue screen where the TV seemingly wasn't picking up the HDMI link so it needed to be reset.  Mine is connected to a sound bar via a passive HDMI switch and I think sometimes the HDMI connection goes to rats.    

 

IIRC I tried a new HDMI cable on the Shield and then did a reset (or I pulled the AC cord and did it that way) and since then have had no problems.  I've had just a couple of times where I've lost audio where I've needed to either restart the app or the device.  These I've just put down to app glitches.

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It's hooked directly to the TV. I tested the "screen saver then sleep protocol" and each time after I wake up the Shield it just shows a black screen. If I wait long enough (~2/3 minutes) the Shield will reboot by itself and I'll see the Nvidia Logo and then everything will be fine. This seem to be an HDMI bug or maybe that my TV doesn't handle well the handshaking following a screen saver+sleep.

 

If I simply sleep the Shield and then wake it up this doesn't happen.

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I'm confused why you're seeing the Nvidia logo, which as you say is as a result of the Shield rebooting, which, AFAIK shouldn't happen as a result of sleeping, manual or automatic.  I have mine set to sleep after 3 hours (IIRC) of inactivity, just in case I ever forget to turn it off.  But that shouldn't cause a reboot.  Just puts it into standby from where screen power on is pretty much instant.  If the Shield is rebooting it sounds like a Shield problem vs a HDMI problem as I can't see a faulty HDMI cable causing a reboot.  Very odd.  I'll maybe try and see if mine has the same problem after a sleep setting power down, but it'll likely be next week.

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