Nvidia Shield TV (second generation) review: Still the best media streamer for geeks

The Nvidia Shield TV, a $180 Android-based streaming box with lots of processing power, appeals to a scattershot of audiences. It’s the ideal streamer for media hoarders who want to build a cheap a Plex server, for cord-cutters who want to roll their own over-the-air DVR, for Kodi enthusiasts (with that media center’s morally dubious third-party plug-ins), for a certain breed of living-room gamers, and for people who just want as much computing power as they can get.At the same time, cheaper 4K streaming devices such as Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Roku’s Streaming Stick+ have gotten better at the basics, providing adequate performance while rivaling or surpassing the Shield TV’s HDR support at a fraction of its cost.To read this article in full, please click here …

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

New owners of 4K TVs sometimes wonder if they need to buy a new HDMI cable to go with it. The very fast answer is: Probably not.Here’s how to tell if the final call is a yes or a no.HDMI cables explained
An HDMI cable is just a conduit between your TV and media device, be it DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD Blu-ray player; a media streamer; a video game console; or a PC. Different types of HDMI cables do exist, but their designations indicate how much data they can carry. (Spoiler: There’s really no such thing as a 4K HDMI cable.)[ Further reading: TechHive’s top picks in smart TVs ]
When pared down to the most basic information, the video resolution guidelines as set by the HDMI Forum Technical Working Group that defines the specification are:To read this article in full, please click here …


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