A Cut Above the Rest: SHIELD TV Upgrades to Android 9.0 Pie, Gets Live TV from Hulu

by Chris Daniel

With NVIDIA SHIELD TV, there’s always more to love.

Today’s  software update — SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 8.0 — delivers the latest Android TV operating system and Android security updates. SHIELD is the first Android TV device to upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie, bringing with it a redesigned settings menu and faster and easier setup for new users.

Upgrade 8.0 also delivers several enthusiast-level features. For HDR TV owners, a new feature called Match Content Color Space can automatically switch your display mode to deliver more accurate colors whether you’re browsing the home screen or watching your favorite movie in HDR.

Alongside the operating system upgrade, SHIELD users will start seeing live TV and a new user interface from Hulu. The new Hulu app — which already offers access to thousands of shows, movies and Hulu Originals — now offers live TV with more than 60 top channels, including local sports and news. The update started today and will be completed in the coming weeks, just in time before the college and pro football seasons kick off.

Some of the most popular apps on SHIELD have been upgraded. The latest Netflix update enables sound quality that rivals professional recording studios in the form of Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound for audio up to 640 kbps. Stranger Things 3 never sounded so good!

Prime Video recently received a 4K cast upgrade, letting you cast your favorite Prime Video movies or TV shows from your phone to SHIELD in up to 4K resolution. And a recent update to Twitch includes a fully revamped UI, improved navigation and the ability to interact with your favorite streamer with an onscreen keyboard.

New apps on SHIELD include Bravo and E!, with FandangoNOW receiving a recent update. Get more information on the upgrade, including a complete list and updated apps.

No SHIELD update is complete without some great new games, like the newest version of one of our favorites — SiNKR2. This minimalist puzzle game evolved from the award-winning SiNKR, with all-new layouts. And there are now more than 500 supported games available on GeForce NOW, with new titles added regularly.

So download and install this latest upgrade for your SHIELD. Or pick one up today. There’s lots to love.

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