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Best Apps to Stream TV Shows on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

By William O'Neal - Wed, Feb 17, 2016

When it comes to streaming devices, NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, the next generation streaming media player, is at the top of heap. Boasting some of the best hardware of all streaming devices, SHIELD also benefits from being part of Google’s ever-growing ecosystem of media streaming apps.

Of course, figuring out which apps are best for you can take some digging. That’s why we’re here. Whether you’re a pure cord-cutter with a deep-seated dislike for the cable and satellite providers and prefer stand-alone subscription-based services like HBO NOW and SHOWTIME, or you’re happy with your cable and satellite provider and simply want to extend your viewing experience to your SHIELD Android TV we have you covered.


Stand-alone Subscription-based Apps


Sling TV app streams your favorite TV shows

Sling TV App ($20 / month)

The Holy Grail, and often most difficult thing for cord-cutters to resolve, is live TV. Sure, over-the-air HD is great for local TV but what about live cable TV? That’s where Sling TV comes in. For $20 a month you can stream everything from HGTV and ESPN to the History Channel and, of course, those ever-present Law and Order: SVU marathons on TNT.


SHOWTIME app lets you watch and on-demand TV

SHOWTIME ($10.99 / month)

Relatively new to the cord-cutting game, SHOWTIME is not new to the movie game. With the SHOWTIME app, cord-cutters can watch whatever is airing live on SHOWTIME or even benefit from on-demand access to every season of every SHOWTIME Original Series. Once downloaded users will benefit from a 30-day free trial. After that the service is $10.99 a month.


Netflix app streams first-rate TV shows

Netflix App (Plans start at $7.99 / month)

First on every cord-cutters list of must-have apps, while Netflix used to be all about watching movies, the California-based company also produces a bevy of first-rate shows like Orange is the New Black. How many times have you heard a friend say about an upcoming movie or TV show, “I’ll just wait until it’s on Netflix?” Now that’s saturation.


HBO NOW app stream all HBO’s original series

HBO NOW App ($14.99 / month)

HBO NOW is the standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO including every season and every episode of HBO's original series. If that’s not enough, you’ll have access to the biggest and latest movies. A cord-cutter’s dream-come-true, HBO NOW doesn’t require you have a subscription with a participating cable or satellite TV provider.


Hulu app offers the best place to view newer TV content

Hulu App (Plans start at $7.99 / month)

While Netflix boasts a veritable treasure trove of content, the fact remains that much of its content isn’t the freshest. Because of that, Hulu is arguably the best place to view newer content. You may not get to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the night it airs, but it’s still pretty funny the next day.


CBS All Access app lets you watch live and on-demand shows

CBS All Access App ($5.99 / month)

While it’s possible to watch your local CBS broadcast in HD with an HD antenna, CBS All Access! adds something extra, the ability to watch more than 6,500 episodes of your favorite CBS shows on-demand. New episodes of current shows will be available on-demand the day after their first airing. Of course if the signal from your HD antenna is spotty you can use CBS All Access! to actually stream your local CBS broadcast. In addition to current shows, CBS All Access! will also let users watch classic shows like Star Trek and I love Lucy ad-free. After a one week free trial CBS All Access! is $5.99 a month.


Free Streaming Apps


Kodi app helps you browse and view all media from local and online sources

Kodi App (Free)

Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is an open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). With Kodi users can easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a local source including hard drives, optical drives, local networks, and the internet using only a few buttons.


Plex App for Android TV helps you organize and stream media content

Plex for Android TV App (Free)

While keeping things in the cloud has surely taken off, the fact remains that a lot of us still have terabytes of media content. From movies and music to TV shows and pictures, Plex for Android lets you keep your content in one place while streaming it to any manner of data on pretty much any device imaginable.


Pluto TV app offers 100+ TV channels

Pluto TV App (Free)

Watch 100+ TV channels handmade for the Internet, free on any device, anywhere. Kick back and enjoy familiar favorites like news, music, comedy, drama or try Pluto TV exclusive channels like FailArmy, Classic Toons and yes...Cats 24/7. The folks at Pluto TV hand-pick and organize millions of hours of clips, full episodes and viral sensations into TV channels for the web. Their ever-expanding universe of content includes staples from news to fashion, partnerships with some of the best content creators on this planet - like Bloomberg TV -and real-time agile channels capturing the social chatter.


UVideos Android TV App (Free)

Your favorite entertainment, news and sports shows from Univision, Unimás and Galavisión as well as exclusives! Watch episodes of your most popular novelas and shows anytime, anywhere!


PBS KIDS App (Free)

Gone are the days of kids’ shows coming on only at specific times of the day. Remember Saturday morning cartoons? While kids nowadays expect to be able to watch their favorite shows whenever they’re free, this is also a boon for parents as it’s now even more easy to keep them occupied. At least with PBS Kids parents can rest assured that the content is good.


Apps that Require a Satellite or Cable Subscription


Stream TV with Showtime Anytime on NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Showtime Anytime (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

Anytime is now available on your SHIELD Android TV. Free with your SHOWTIME subscription through participating cable or satellite TV providers, users can now enjoy unlimited on-demand access to full seasons of SHOWTIME original series like "Penny Dreadful". In addition to on-demand content, with Showtime Anytime you can also watch what’s currently airing live on SHOWTIME, and easily switch between the SHOWTIME East and SHOWTIME West feeds. Not necessarily a pure cord-cutting app as Showtime Anytime requires a cable or satellite subscription, it’s still a great way to extend your cable or satellite experience to your SHIELD Android TV. Showtime Anytime supports the following cable and satellite TV providers: AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS just to name a few.


HBO GO App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

HBO GO is easily one of the most popular streaming services. Not purely for cord-cutters, HBO GO requires that users already subscribe to HBO through a participating TV provider like Time Warner Cable. Of course HBO GO gives you all of HBO including every season and episode of HBO's original series as well as the latest hit movies. In order to use HBO GO you'll have to log in with the credentials set up through your participating television provider or on hbogo.com. While we're super-excited that HBO GO has made it to the SHIELD Android TV there's one caveat. Currently, Comcast subscribers aren't able to use the service. If this changes we'll be sure to keep you posted.


FOX NOW App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

Watch full episodes of your favorite FOX shows the day after they air and binge on the full season of select shows – anytime, anywhere with FOX NOW. Not purely for cord-cutters you’ll have to sign in with your TV provider username and password to watch all available episodes from the FOX lineup.


FXNOW App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

Not necessarily designed for cord-cutters, FXNOW requires that its users already subscribe to a cable or satellite provider like AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV or Comcast XFINITY. That said FXNOW does offer on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies from three of FX’s networks: FX, FXX and FXM. Get ready to binge-watch Fargo, American Horror Story and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


Fox Sports Go App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

While plenty cool, Fox Sports Go isn’t purely a cord-cutting app as you’ll need a proper cable or satellite subscription to use it. That said, we really enjoyed the variety of sports that the channel provided.


Watch Food Network App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

Watch a large selection of the newest Food Network full episodes on the SHIELD Android TV. Sign into your account from participating TV service providers for full access. Providers are Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Optimum and Verizon FiOS with more on the way soon for Android TV.


HGTV Watch App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

HGTV Watch keeps you connected with your favorite HGTV shows on demand and even live. Watch live streaming TV or catch up with HGTV’s distinctive programming plus exclusive extras. Updated daily with full TV episodes and HGTV.com original content. Peruse videos and find ideas on how to transform your own space. Sign into your account from participating TV service providers for full access. Providers are Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Optimum and Verizon FiOS with more on the way soon for Android TV.


Watch Travel Channel App (Requires subscription through a participating cable or satellite TV provider)

Watch a large selection of the newest Travel Channel full episodes. Sign into your account from participating TV service providers for full access. Providers are Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Optimum and Verizon FiOS with more on the way soon for Android TV. Watch Travel Channel can only be used in the United States.

No app? No problem! Thanks Googlecast!

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