I recently got a new Nvidia Shield TV. On the first start, after asked me to set up my language and connect to my wifi, it prompts me to "Sign in to Google." The only options on the screen are "use your phone or laptop" and "use your password." How can I bypass this step?
My Shield TV worked just fine for three years without a Google account, but the Oreo update appeared to lock me into a signup page; This is pretty obnoxious.
You can double-tap the home button and dismiss all the active applications; once you do that the launcher will come up without requiring you to login to a Google account or give them your phone number to create one.
You will have a permanent notification suggesting you sign in, though.