Nvidia Shield TV Updates to Fix Plex Server Issues

Just a few weeks ago Nvidia released Shield Experience 9.0, an update that brought Android 11 to the Nvidia Shield TV. It was a long-awaited update, but it was not as good as users would have liked. The update to Android 11 brought with it a multitude of problemsFrom failures for Plex Server to recognize USB drives, to problems with volume control through CEC, to failures in applications such as Kodi, or even problems with the WiFi connectivity of the device.

The forums and social networks were filled with complaints, as some of the problems are quite serious. In fact, there were many who dared to downgrade to return the device to a previous version of the operating system. Luckily, if there’s one thing Nvidia has, it’s very good support behind its devices. So the manufacturer has announced the release of a new “hotfix” that fixes many of the issues caused by the Shield Experience 9.0 update.

The new version that Nvidia has released is the and Nvidia began to distribute it among users on January 20. It brings a whole host of changes to Nvidia Shield TV models and most importantly fixes some of the biggest issues caused by the first update. One of the most reported issues by users was a Plex Media Server crash with external hard drives. This hotfix includes an updated variant of the Plex Media Server application intended to resolve these issues.initially caused by the jump to Android 11.

Nvidia fixes Plex Server crashes on Nvidia Shield TV and other issues caused by latest update

Nvidia Shield TV is updated to fix Plex

The problem with Plex Server came about because the penultimate version of Google’s operating system uses scoped storage to improve privacy, a process that limits the number of directories apps can access. This means that Not only Plex was affected by this bug, but also important applications such as VLC or Kodi.

The Nvidia Shield TV’s ability to serve as a Plex server makes it unnecessary to use an external device such as a NAS or PC. For this reason, the commented ruling caused such a stir, leaving many users unable to play their multimedia collections. Hence, Nvidia has prioritized solving this bug.

Although this is one of the most important issues that has been reviewed, it is not the only one that this new hotfix solves. According to the list of novelties, also:

  • solve problems with playback of interlaced content
  • Fixes issues with volume control via CEC sometimes increasing or decreasing excessively
  • Eliminates the creation of default folders as if it were an Android phone (ringtones, downloads, photos, movies, etc.) that are added to USB portable storage
  • Updates Beta match refresh rate string in all locations
  • Remove thumbnail from preview when taking screenshot with menu button
  • Resolves long-pressing the “Brand” button on the Xbox One controller does not invoke Stadia more than once
  • Resolves IR volume control being disabled when using USB DACs

As we have commented, it is a “hotfix”, that is, it is not a stable update, so, for now, it will not appear as an update via OTA for everyone. If you want to install it you will have to register to receive this patch through the Nvidia website manually.

Something that we must bear in mind is that once the Nvidia Shield TV receives and installs this new version of the software, there will be no way to revert it. That is, we will not be able to return to a previous version. Take it very much into account. When the update is officially released, all devices will receive it like all other apps.

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