Harmony experience with NVIDIA SHIELD TV

It's compatible with Harmony Express and hub‑based products

SHIELD TV 2015

Setup


Set up your NVIDIA SHIELD TV
Set up your SHIELD TV and install the apps you'd like to use (e.g., Netflix, Hulu+, Plex).
Connect Harmony and SHIELD TV
Once connected, you may use Harmony to control your SHIELD TV and trigger Activities in which SHIELD TV is included.

Add NVIDIA SHIELD to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
  3. Select DEVICES and then press the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select SCAN FOR WI‑FI DEVICES and Harmony will search for SHIELD TV devices on your home Wi‑Fi network.
    • Your SHIELD TV will be detected as NVIDIA Game Console.
  5. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  6. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch NVIDIA SHIELD Activity.
  7. Once you have selected your devices and inputs, Harmony will prompt you to Bluetooth pair Harmony and NVIDIA SHIELD.
    1. Using your SHIELD TV controller, navigate to the home screen.
    2. Select Settings > Add accessory, Harmony and SHIELD TV should pair after several seconds.
      • your Harmony hub will appear as Harmony Keyboard.
Add accessory Add accessory
Harmony Keyboard Harmony Keyboard


  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen, then the Add device link near the center of the page.
  4. Enter the manufacturer NVIDIA and model SHIELD TV, followed by Add.
Harmony Desktop Softare - NVIDIA SHIELD

Control

NVIDIA SHIELD TV HDMI CEC

NVIDIA SHIELD TV uses a feature called HDMI CEC which can turn on compatible TVs and change inputs automatically. This may conflict with Harmony control, so we recommend it be disabled.

  1. From the home screen on your TV, navigate to Settings.
  2. Under the Devices category, select Display&Sound then Power control.
  3. Select HDMI‑CEC preferences and set them to:
    • CEC TV on = Off
    • CEC TV off = Off

Many newer TVs may also send “Sleep” commands to HDMI attached devices when powered down. This may conflict with Harmony control, so we recommend disabling this feature as well. Please consult your TV manufacturer's user guide for more information.

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Hulu allows you to skip 10 seconds forward or back using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

HBO GO

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Text entry is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard or Harmony app.

Mouse/Cursor control is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Plex

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Plex app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Plex allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

Other Apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design. Some apps such as Spotify can only be controlled using the NVIDIA SHIELD game controller.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove or rename commands on your remotes screen

Harmony displays commands specific to your Watch SHIELD TV Activity on your remote screen. You can add, remove or rename them.

Customize Harmony app buttons

You can view common SHIELD TV commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

Setup

Adding NVIDIA SHIELD TV to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony Express app and tap Edit Setup.
  2. Next, tap + to perform a Wi‑Fi scan, and select your device.
    • If your device isn't found, ensure it's on the same Wi-Fi network as Harmony Express.
    • If you still have issues, reboot your device and router then try again.
  3. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
Add Device to Harmony Express

Control

Voice

You can use your voice to send commands such as turn on, turn off, and more. Tap What to say in the Harmony Express app to see sample commands for your device. Launching apps using your voice is not supported for this device.

For more information on how to use your voice with Harmony Express, see: Voice commands on Harmony Express

Remote

Although Harmony has already mapped default commands to your remote buttons, you have the ability to assign custom commands to them. For more information, see: Customizing physical buttons on your remote

Supported apps

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Hulu allows you to skip 10 seconds forward or back using the direction left and right arrows.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design.

Integration details

Harmony Express remotes Hub‑based remotes

Your Harmony hub and NVIDIA SHIELD TV connect using Bluetooth and must be within 15 feet (5 meters) of each other; however, they do not require direct line of site.

Harmony Express pairs and controls NVIDIA SHIELD TV using your home Wi‑Fi network and Bluetooth. Please ensure your Nintendo Wii (or Wii U) is connected to the same home network as your Harmony blaster. Your Harmony blaster and Wii (or Wii U) must be within 15 feet, or 5 meters, of each other. However, they do not require direct line of site.

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