SHIELD Android TV: More Streaming, More Apps, More Games

by Chris Daniel

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is constantly benefiting from new apps and games — and a bumper crop is getting served up in November.

SHIELD owners will be kept busy with major services like HBO GO and STARZ Play, as well as games like Minecraft: Story Mode: Episodes 1 and 2 and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux.

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The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is getting new apps every day. That, along with the device’s support for 4K, means users are always looking for new ways to watch TV and movies. You’ll want to check out these apps:

  • HBO GO — HBO GO is a streaming service for people who already subscribe to HBO through a participating TV provider. It gives you all of HBO — every season, every episodes of HBO’s original series — plus the biggest and latest hit movies.
  • PBS Video — What’s not to love about PBS? With PBS Video, users can enjoy the most popular shows from PBS, including Masterpiece hits like Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Wolf Hall, as well as Nature, NOVA and more. Boasting thousands of full-length videos from your favorite PBS shows and local stations, PBS Video adds new videos daily.
  • STARZ Play — Available with a subscription through participating providers, with STARZ Play you can watch original series as well as hit movies anywhere you go. You can play episodes of past season originals as well as current season episodes the day after they premiere on STARZ.
  • Fan TV — A cord-cutter’s dream come true, Fan TV is a content aggregator that lets users browse more than a million movies and shows. Fan TV scours services like Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, Comedy Central, NBC and 40 other premium services to help you figure out where to view content. and you can easily add movies and shows to your personalized WatchList.

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SHIELD is a gaming powerhouse for sure. In no way are you going to want to miss out on these amazing Android games:

  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Episodes 1 and 2 — Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable television show based on your favorite game, where you are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told. You are Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an awe-inspiring adventure to save the world.
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch — This is a game about destruction, deception and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad’s existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family.
  • CODEX The Warrior This action/role-playing game has you fighting enemies 1v1 as you advance through levels of a dungeon. Codex delivers stunning visuals and responsive combat that pushes the impressive graphical capabilities of the NVIDIA SHIELD to immerse you in a deep fantasy world.
  • Dead Effect 2 This action-packed, sci-fi zombie first-person shooter has the potential to give you the worst nightmares of your life. The basic story mode offers 20+ hours of gameplay, and you can get an additional 10+ hours of action from special atmospheric missions. You’ll explore a vast spaceship with very diverse environments and meet all kinds of enemies. There are zombies, cyborgs, mutants, soldiers and more.

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  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas This action/adventure game has a strong story and vibrant, detailed graphics. Your father has disappeared and you must explore the islands, and dungeons, of Uncharted Seas to find clues to his whereabouts. Along the way you’ll fight enemies, learn to use magic and discover all sorts of helpful loot — and face-off with the sea monster Oceanhorn.
  • Layers of Fear Explore an insane painter’s memories to discover the secret of his madness in Layers of Fear. Called “one of the biggest horror surprises of the year” by critics, the entire game takes place inside a single house, which is constantly changing as you explore. Layers of Fear is available in the GeForce NOW store for $12.99.
  • The Park  Slip into the shoes a frantic mother searching for her lost son in an amusement park at closing time. But Atlantic Island Park is not your typical theme park. It’s been plagued by freak accidents, murders and hauntings since the day it opened. The intense story will keep you guessing — and on the edge of your seat.
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2  There’s a war on and the Army of Shadows is close to capturing a powerful artifact that will allow them to rule the world. It’s up to you to stop them!
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux  This game is available for GeForce NOW members to stream for free. Inspired by “weird fiction from the 20th century,” Redux is a first-person mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. The relatively straightforward assignment to investigate a missing person case quickly spirals with the addition of a brutal murder and supernatural elements.
  • Sniper Elite V2 So you think you’re a good shot with a virtual rifle? Then it’s time to grab your controller and prove it in Sniper Elite V2, which is now streaming on SHIELD. You’ll step into the well-worn boots of grizzled veteran Karl Fairborne near the end of World War II in this tactical third-person shooter. A U.S. sniper with legendary skills, Fairborne must go deep behind enemy lines in Berlin to cripple the German V2 rocket program — or die trying.

And that’s just the start. There will be more to stream in the coming weeks and months.