Coming NVIDIA Shield TV 3.2 update brings full stand-alone Plex Media Server support and more

NVIDIA clued us in an what's in the coming 3.2 product update for the Shield TV and there's plenty to get excited about. Not only will we see Netflix HDR support, new 4K streaming apps and the other goodies we heard about from Google I/O, but there are a few things we didn't expect — Dolby ATMOS pass-through support, HDMI CEC TV-off support and (this is the biggie) a fully hardware optimized Plex Media Server install.

You read that right. You'll be able to stream HD video using Plex to any other connected and authorized device directly from the Shield TV with no PC required to act as a server. Using the Shield TV Pro's 500GB internal storage, attached USB storage (folks who bought the 16GB model, have no fear) or even a mounted network storage device to hold all your videos, the included Plex server can stream multiple simultaneous streams using the Shield TV's beefy hardware. Says the Plex team:

As you might know, we've had a lovely Android TV app for quite some time now, and it's getting better all the time. But the NVIDIA SHIELD, with its 8-core 64-bit CPU and massive GPU, allows us to make it extra special by letting you run the entire Plex Media Server directly on the device!

Video junkies, as well as those of us who just want to watch an HD movie or two during downtime, should be excited about all the news here.

The 3.2 update for Shield TV is coming "soon" so be on the look out for it. For more information, visit the Plex blog (opens in new tab). Happy streaming!

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Nice!!!
  • The combination of this and VUDU support is awesome! Posted via the Android Central App
  • How come it doesn't have Vudu support now? I need that. And when is it coming?? Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6P
  • Now I wish I hadn't bought a Roku 4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm so glad I bought two Shields when they had the promo of a free remote. Such a fantastic streaming box.
  • I'm very happy with my shield and at this price I would seriously consider purchasing a second one for PMS alone. However since I use Sighthound I would still need some type of CoreiX machine to perform the heavy lifting for that part of the build. But this solution would be great if all I wanted was to have a PMS server.
  • I have had my shield tv from the first day it was released. The performance is excellent but there have been too many app crashes and software glitches
  • I think that's just Android TV in general. HBO Now and Hulu crash at least once every few days for me, although always immediately upon opening and never while actually using them.
  • Nice loving these updates they churn out a a damn near month to month basis. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ya its an unbelievable machine, I have been waiting for a 4k HDR tv to drop in price for Black Friday. With HDR support & Android N coming I may just have to buy a 4k HDR TV sooner than later. Fox Sports Go app is amazing & the fact that you can sideload apps makes it able to use any android app on the market. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How many streams will this be able to transcode?