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Neil Jones4,881 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I had the £99 offer last year. Unfortunately never mind what the website says you can't apply it again until the old one runs out. Now I have it again, cheap and cheerful way to get more stuff to fall asleep to, uh I mean watch in bed Wink

The £106 Stick offer was tempting but since I already have a box, it seemed pointless. The answer is probably not but does anybody know if the remotes are interchangeable between the black NowTV box and the new Stick?
London Lite10,001 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Sainsbury's are doing the 4K Smart Box with a free pass for £20. I decided to buy one and prefer the new way of installing the box. No need to fumble around with the remote to sign in, with a much more sophisticated set up of the box.

Gold streams a lot better as well. I found with the 1st Gen box that the stream would stutter.

I haven't got round to using the search feature, but overall, an improvement on the 1st Gen Smart Box, even if it's lost Freeview, which is no major loss.

Edit: The AFR feature is also excellent, unlike the Shield where I have to manually adjust it, on Netflix it's changing between 24Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz.
Last edited by London Lite on 26 December 2018 10:58pm
noggin14,102 posts since 26 Jun 2001

Edit: The AFR feature is also excellent, unlike the Shield where I have to manually adjust it, on Netflix it's changing between 24Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz.


Yes - the lack of automatic, or app-driven, frame rate switching on the nVidia Shield TV is now really annoying. There were suggestions it nearly made the last Shield Experience update but was pulled (alongside Rec 709/Rec 2020 gamut switching). Fingers crossed it arrives soon.

Google seem to have a blind-spot when it comes to frame rates - both Chromecast and Android TV fail badly in this respect. (Kodi on the Shield TV handles frame rate switching OK though) It's a real shame. I guess it's ok to fix at 59.94Hz in the US where people are used to 3:2 (or their TV's remove it)

The most recent Apple TV and Roku streaming solutions handle frame rate switching (and gamut switching) well - with the Amazon Fire TV Stick doing it in some apps (Prime Video) but not other others (iPlayer, Netflix...)
London Lite10,001 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Edit: The AFR feature is also excellent, unlike the Shield where I have to manually adjust it, on Netflix it's changing between 24Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz.


Yes - the lack of automatic, or app-driven, frame rate switching on the nVidia Shield TV is now really annoying. There were suggestions it nearly made the last Shield Experience update but was pulled (alongside Rec 709/Rec 2020 gamut switching). Fingers crossed it arrives soon.


It appears they've left it as the responsibility of app owners to add AFR if you have Android TV/Shield of which there is Kodi and the IPTV app Perfect Player that have the functionality (along with the French service Molotov), yet the big apps like Prime Video and Netflix don't.