NVIDIA has created a new smart TV bundle – the Smart Home Edition, which comes with the 2017 model of Shield TV, a remote controller and a SmartThings Link.
Shield TV uses the Android platform created by Google. Besides having several streaming video apps, users will get access to native Google apps, including Google Assistant, Google Search and YouTube. It also has Chromecast built-in, allowing users to cast screens from their mobile devices or computers.
Once plugged into the back of the Shield TV, The SmartThings Link turns the TV into a SmartThings smart home hub. In other words, homeowners can remotely control their smart lighting, thermostats or smart plugs from their SmartThings mobile app or other control means SmartThings supports.
The SmartThings Link for the NVIDIA Shield TV was introduced in late 2017. It has been sold separately as an accessory, rather than being targeted directly at TV buyers.
The new bundle, called the Smart Home Edition, provides some convenience to consumers who are looking for a smart TV as well as a smart home hub. They can just purchase the bundle rather than looking for two different products.
The NVIDIA Shield TV with just a remote is available for US$179. The company also introduced the Gaming Edition that includes an extra game controller for US$199. The bundle strategy seems work well, to let the company have the new Smart Home Edition.
The bundle doesn’t provide much discount, however. The NVIDIA Shield TV Smart Home Edition costs US$220, while the TV is sold for US$179 and the SmartThings Link for US$40. The Smart Home Edition will be available on NVIDIA’s site, Amazon and Best Buy.