NVIDIA Shield TV 6.1 update adds IR remote controls, KRACK fix, and more

The NVIDIA Shield Android TV is easily the best Android TV box that you can buy at the moment, and thanks to the latest 6.1 software update, it's getting even better.

This isn't the biggest update in the world, but there are a few big additions – most notably a fix for the KRACK vulnerability that was discovered earlier this month. In addition to the KRACK fix, 6.1 also introduces the latest monthly security patch to ensure that your Shield TV is as safe and secure as possible.

Also new with the Shield TV is the ability to turn your television on and off when using the Shield remote that has an IR blaster and an "improved experience" when you connect a Logitech Harmony Hub to the Shield TV via Bluetooth.

Lastly, v6.1 includes support for the recently released YouTube TV Android TV app. The YouTube TV app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on your Shield TV, and if you're a new customer, you'll be able to test drive the service free for seven days. After those seven days are up, you'll pay $35/month for access to over 40 channels, cloud DVR, and access for 6 accounts per household.

The 6.1 update for NVIDIA's Shield TV is rolling out now.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Nice, I will look for this update on my shield
  • Been having some weird bugs since the 6.0 update. Hopefully this fixes them. Good of Nvidia to update so quickly
  • Awesome
  • Sadly still no "Find my Phone" feature like Google Home devices can. :(
  • It was available when I got home from work. This device gets more updates than most non Nexus/Pixel phones.
  • This is GREAT!!! Take advantage of the Smarthings link for $15, already ordered mine. Follow link below and use code SHIELDLINK at check out. https://shop.smartthings.com/smartthings-link
  • The Smarthings-Link is pretty cool. Been using it for a little while now and it is awesome
  • The thing that bugs me with this is that the remote has no play, rewind and fast forward, stop buttons like a fire remote. Any way to solve this problem with a replacement remote or app or something? Otherwise I would use it alot more than my fire tv box.
  • My LG tv remote works great with the shield. The up down left right ok play ▶ pause volume all work. It's just a basic remote and it's been working this way for almost a year now. All you have to do is get the settings perfect so that your TV and shield work in perfect harmony together.
  • I would recommend the Harmony Smart Control, been using it for a while and not only everything works great but it eliminated all your other remotes. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2Flink...