Choosing the right media player can greatly enhance your content browsing experience. NVIDIA SHIELD comes with a photo and video app pre-installed. But, for those who like to shop around, here’s our top picks of other HD media players for SHIELD.
MX Player from J2 Interactive is a popular option that offers enhanced playback features and supports pretty much every movie file format around, including .3gp, .avi, .divx, .f4v, .flv, .mkv, .mp4, .mpeg, .mov, .vob, .wmv, .webm, .xvid, and many more. The large number of subtitle formats offered is also great for international users.
Pre-installed on SHIELD Android TV, the Plex for Android app allows you to connect to your Plex media server and stream video, music and photo collections to your TV. The Plex Channels feature also lets you aggregate content from multiple sources, such as The Daily Show, Twitch, NY Times, History Channel, and Vimeo. Just remember, Plex requires a dedicated PC or NAS server set-up.
Another movie player that’s recently made a welcome appearance on the Android TV platform is VLC from Videolabs. VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform tool that plays most multimedia files and is highly compatible with a range of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.
Finally, for those looking to transform their SHIELD into a full-fledged media center without the need for a dedicated PC server, look no further than the Kodi app (formerly known as XBMC). Kodi v14 is the latest release. Kodi v15 with SHIELD hardware acceleration and 4K/HEVC support is currently in beta and coming soon.
Pick up NVIDIA SHIELD now and bring your content to life.