Harmony experience with NVIDIA SHIELD TV

It's compatible with Harmony IR based remotes*
* Newer 2017 models of SHIELD TV do not work with IR based remotes.

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

SHIELD TV 2015

Harmony and NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Power on your TV, automatically set the correct inputs, and begin navigating your SHIELD TV all with a single Harmony remote. Use the Harmony mobile app on-screen keyboard to make password entry easier or use voice search for movies and television shows.

If you have a Harmony hub‑based product, you can create a Good night kids Activity that automatically turns off NVIDIA SHIELD at 9:00PM, closes the blinds and turns on the night light in the bedroom.

Make bedtime a little easier, with Harmony and SHIELD TV.


NVIDIA SHIELD TV works with the Google Assistant

You can now use the Google Assistant in SHIELD TV to launch Harmony Activities with your voice, you must first connect Harmony with the Google Assistant to use this feature — shortcuts are not currently supported with SHIELD TV and the Google Assistant. For more information on how to connect Harmony and the Google Assistant, please see: Harmony experience with the Google Assistant

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 mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices
  1. Select DEVICES and then press the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. 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.
Harmony app scan devices
  1. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  2. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch NVIDIA SHIELD Activity.
  3. 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

Creating an SHIELD TV Activity

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Watch TV Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once done, remember to sync your remote.

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 mobile 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 mobile 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 mobile 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 mobile 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.

How Harmony integrates NVIDIA SHIELD TV

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

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

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

NVIDIA SHIELD TV** may be controlled using infrared (IR) signals that are sent directly from your Harmony remote.


**SHIELD Android TV (2015), SHIELD Android TV Pro (2015) and the SHIELD TV Pro (2017) support Bluetooth and IR remotes. The SHIELD TV (2017) only supports Bluetooth and will require a Harmony hub to be controlled properly.

To see if you have a SHIELD TV (2017), please check the back of your SHIELD device. If it does not have a SD card slot, then you have a SHIELD TV (2017).

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