UltraFlix is a video streaming platform that offers subscribers thousands of hours of 4K UHD content, orn higher resolution standard than traditional HD content. (4K resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels, while Full HD resolution is 1920 x 1080).
Around 100 hours of this content is available for free, while the full 4K library includes everything from documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters.
UltraFlix claims to be the app 4K STB (decoder) and Smart TV preferred by several TV manufacturers, including Hi-Sense, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
The streaming catalog
At this time, it must be said that the content of UltraFlix it is dominated by relatively old and special interest material. However, he recently caused a stir by securing the rights to broadcast the blockbuster interstellar first in 4K UHD, and recently endorsed this initial agreement with paramount with a much larger one that gives you the rights to almost 1,000 of the studio’s movie library.
Among his other 4K highlights right now are rain man , Fargo , The Good, The Bad And The Ugly , Rocky and Robocop , as well as a host of concert videos and 40 IMAX titles.
The list of high-profile 4K titles is constantly growing, and UltraFlix even goes so far as to own a 4K post-production studio so it can convert old movies to 4K in exchange for a window of exclusive streaming rights.
Unlike Netflix and Amazon, UltraFlix doesn’t currently have a subscription service (although it hasn’t ruled it out as a future possibility). Instead, you pay for each title whether you rent or buy. The exact amount you pay for each movie depends on the recency of the content and potentially the ‘grade’ of 4K video transfer being used, with rental prices ranging between $2 and $10por rental periods of 48 hours.
The 4K grades used are Silver (where a 4K transfer has been achieved by upgrading an original HD transfer), Gold (where the 4K versions are derived from older titles originally shot on film), and silver, where the content was originally made in true 4K.
One of the most striking technical claims of the UltraFlix platform is its ability to stream 4K at broadband speeds of just 4 Mbps. This compares to a minimum requirement of 15Mbps of the streaming services Netflix and Amazon 4K and potentially puts 4K within reach of people who don’t have fiber broadband connections. While it’s inevitable that any attempt to deliver a 4K source over such a narrow bandwidth pipeline will rely on large amounts of compression, it’s unlikely to deliver results as satisfying as a faster 4K stream.
Speaking of faster 4K streams, UltraFlix also uniquely offers a 100Mbps streaming option for people with the fastest broadband connections, delivering a level of picture quality that UltraFlix claims is comparable to the pictures you’ll get of the format Ultra HD Blu-ray.
UltraFlix also recently added support for High Dynamic Range streaming for select titles.
At the time of this writing, UltraFlix is only available in the US (although the company inevitably has its sights set on global expansion). However, it is available on a reasonably wide selection of devices. There’s an Android app, but more useful for people who want to experience the full scope of their 4K approach, the app is also available via built-in apps in a variety of 4K UHD smart TVs from Sony, Samsung, Hisense and Vizio.
Nanotech also offers an external solution, which enables playback of UltraFlix on any brand of Ultra HD TV, in the form of the player $299 NanoTech Nuvola NP-1.