nvidia shield

Can I Turn an Old Netgear Streaming Box Into Android TV?

Episode 1697

Joselyn from California

Joselyn has a Netgear Streaming box and it's no longer supported. Can he turn it into an AndroidTV box? Leo says that it would be a great idea if he could do it. Leo says if anyone would know how to do it, it would be XDA Developers Forums. It's called "rooting," and you go there and input the box's model number into the forum search and see if anyone has done it. He'll have to modify or unlock the bootloader and then find a ROM firmware that can do it. 

What's the Best 4K Streaming Box?

Roku

Episode 1685

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Which is better, the NVIDIA Shield or the Roku Ultra? Leo says both are 4K streaming devices. Leo really likes the Nvidia Shield. It's got the Integra processor and runs Android TV. But Roku has more channels and is 1/3 of the price. NVIDIA though, has better gaming, if you're into that. But if not, then the Roku Ultra is a better buy. How about mesh routers? Leo says that the Netgear Orbi has Wifi 6, but it's pretty expensive. The Eero is "smarter," in Leo's opinion. 

Why can't I buy apps in the Google Play Store with my Nvidia Shield tablet?

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Episode 1385

Shane from Indianapolis, IN

Shane has an Nvidia Shield gaming device and every time he tries to buy something from the Google Play Store, he gets an error. Leo recommends clearing the cache, restarting and then resetting his Play account. The problem is that the Nvidia Shield has Android 7 and it doesn't give him access to his Google Play settings. That may leave Shane with only one option — to reset the Shield itself.

What's a good streaming option in a rural area?

Roku Express

Episode 1372

Chris from Aqua Dulce, CA

Chris wants to cut the cord, but because he lives in a rural area, he can't get a bundled alternative. So he's looking at relying solely on internet for his TV options. What's sufficient streaming? Leo says that for 1080p, he'll need 15-20 Mbps down. If he wants 4K, he'll need at least 50Mbps. Sling TV is a good live streaming option, but Leo's favorite is PlayStation Vue. Both will give him local live channels.

Should I buy the Nvidia Shield or Google Nexus 9 tablet?

Nvidia Shield

Episode 1147

Brant from Watertown, SD

Brant's tablet died and he's debating getting either the Nvidia Shield or Google Nexus 9. Leo says Brant should definitely go with the Nvidia Shield. It's super fast, great for gaming, and Leo thinks it's better than the Nexus 9. But Nexus 9 does have Lollipop. That's the advantage of having a pure Google tablet -- he'll be the first to get updates. But everyone loves the Shield, and it's less expensive.