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Best Cheap Alternatives to the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) in 2019

The NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) is hands down the best Android TV set-top box you can buy, offering a great mix of features for cord cutters and gamers alike. However, all that greatness comes at a fairly high price. If you're looking to save some money on your next streaming box, we've rounded up our picks for the best alternatives to the Shield TV.

  • A streamlined experience: Xiaomi Mi Box S
  • Streaming channels aplenty: Roku Ultra
  • Alexa, play my favorite shows: Amazon Fire TV Cube
  • No remote? No problem!: Google Chromecast Ultra

There are a few decent options for Android TV

Mi Box S

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We'd still recommend the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) as the absolute best option for Android TV streaming (with all the gaming goodness thrown in as a cool bonus), but if you're looking to save some coin while still getting a similar user interface and access to the Google Play Store, we'd suggest the Xiaomi Mi Box S as an affordable option.

The Mi Box S costs less than half of the Shield TV (2019) and it manages to offer decent hardware and compatibility with all the streaming services you're interested in. The remote has Google Assistant baked in, gibing you the ability to play you favorite TV shows and movies just by issuing voice commands.