Random Thoughts

UltraFlix Logo

Reducing Startup Latency and Increasing Streaming Performance

In an effort to further increase our network performance, reduce our startup times, and provide overall network efficiency in the upcoming release of UltraFlix 3.0 I’ve been doing a lot of research into alternative network protocols.  UltraFlix 2.x currently uses https calls for it’s streaming, and while secure and stable, it can be improved upon.

Read More

Digital Movie Remastering – Flicker

Tags : 

I’ve been bombarded with questions today asking me about remastering of movies shot digitally.  There are several issues when delivering a movie shot in digital to the consumer whether using DVD, Blu-ray or OTT streaming.  These issues become greatly amplified when you start moving into the Ultra HD realm, especially with the various color space

Read More

Digital Movie Remastering – Grain

Tags : 

I had a conversation today with someone who was asking me about film remastering.  His first question was “if a movie was shot in digital format, then you don’t have to do anything but encode it right?”  While several movies are being shot in digital format, there is a long held belief by many in the

Read More

My ongoing DirecTV 4K Experience

Tags : 

So wanting to stay in touch with the DirecTV 4K offering I contacted them in late January to have my DirecTV serivce upgraded to 4K.  They finally came yesterday.  I stayed home from work while the technician performed my upgrade. The first interesting issue was that I was told I had to have my “genie”

Read More

HDR Testers Needed

Tags : 

If you have a 4K TV that supports HDR and would be interested in testing HDR streams please contact me at david@ntek.com  

Read More

4K Trailers are coming

Some of the new cool technology we are playing with allows us to take an old trailer and a new source movie in 4K and the program will recut the trailer using the original scene cuts and finding them in the new source material and automatically re-create the new trailer.  

Read More
NanoTech Gaming Labs Logo

The Future of Gaming & Redemption

The Future of Casino gaming is definitely trending towards games with skill.  Europe has long supported this concept and it’s now becoming approved in the states.  The Gaming Labs team created some amazing math models with the NanoTech Advantage and Cube betting models.  Seeing those implemented in the Pinball Technology was really cool. I’ve now

Read More

Surround Sound Beta Testers Needed for Dolby & DTS

Tags : 

I’m looking for some UltraFlix users that have a surround sound setup connected to their 4K TV willing to test some videos with various embedded surround sound streams.  I’ll provide the movies at no charge for feedback on the sound delivery.  email david@ntek.com if you would like to participate

Read More

Encoding Engine Version 18

Tags : 

Final testing this evening on a new update to the encoding engine, version 18.0 which includes updates for HLS/DASH fragmentation, multiple audio streams (2ch HyperAudio/Dolby/DTS), HDR10 color space.  Adding a bunch of quality enhancements researched over the past two years including much better 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p videos for mobile devices, AppleTV and Roku

Read More
UltraFlix Logo

Updating Network for New Features

Tags : 

Thanks to our new partners at SWIG we are implementing some of the Instant On technology into UltraFlix this evening which makes for much quicker loading of movies.  Due to some unforeseen caching issues, the updates are taking longer than we had hoped to propagate through the internet and clear out cached old DNS entries.

Read More
HDR10 & DolbyVsision

HDR Technology – Beta vs VHS all over again

Tags : 

As we prepare for the next generation of 4K Ultra HD content updates to the UltraFlix network we find ourselves amidst another format war.  Remember when there was Beta and VHS.  Beta was better and VHS still won out.  We appear to be on the brink of a similar battle for the next generation of

Read More
NanoTech & Swig

Excited about Ivan joining the team

Tags : 

I’ve known Ivan for a number of years and am very excited to get to work with him and really leverage the great experience and technology that Swig brings to the team and make the best of what each member brings to the table and really elevate the product offerings.  I think he is the

Read More
UltraFlix Logo

Social Points Scoring

Tags : 

A new feature that I’ve designed for UltraFlix is Social Points Scoring.  Much like Waze and other apps, getting user engagement is a key element to becoming invested in the App beyond just the primary function of watching movies.  By creating a reward system for social engagement I believe we can increase users sharing of

Read More
SSL Icon

SSL Certificate Updated

Tags : 

GoDaddy has updated my SSL certificate, this site is now https:// friendly.

Read More

Quality is Important when sourcing 4K Content

Tags : 

I’ve had a lot of people ask us about our 4K content, and given the fact that all 4K TV’s have built in scaling hardware, who cares what the source is, that they can save money by renting a Blu-ray or watching a movie for free on Netflix or Amazon and it will be just

Read More
Go Daddy Logo

Waiting on GoDaddy for SSL

if you are having trouble accessing my site using https:// (which is a good practice) it’s because GoDaddy hasn’t updated my SSL certificate as of yet.  I’ve put in the request and once the updated SSL certificate is issued, this problem will go away.  It can take up to 48 hours to propagate.

Read More
NanoTech Gaming Labs Logo

Gaming Labs is still ahead of its time

When Aaron and I chartered the Gaming Labs into a separate entity, it was with the specific goal in mind of leveraging our experience in the arcade and casino industry and developing games based around new concepts in games with skill.  Vegas 2047 was the first fully functional game with skill for casinos and is

Read More
UltraFlix Logo

New Channel Layout

Tags : 

The channel layout for the Smart TV’s has been updated for optimized user experience.  Working on other platforms to integrate a common layout theme among all platforms.

Read More

UltraDestinations Channel

The free UltraDestinations channel will be published next week and will have new episodes added over the next month.  It’s a series of 15 minute travel videos from around the world.

Read More

View Later Queue

A customer had a good request today, being able to tag movies that you like into a custom channel so that you can find them all in a single location for viewing later on.

Read More

Space TV

Thanks to NASA there will be a new free channel on UltraFlix coming in February featuring 4K Ultra HD space themed content

Read More

New Technical Features

Several key technologies will be added in the upcoming updates of UltraFlix including: HDR Stream Output Surround Sound Support (Dolby & DTS) Auto Speed Detection / Correction for line quality issues Subtitles / Closed Captions

Read More

When will new content be available

Starting February 1st, i’ll be posting a schedule of releases for the upcoming months.  There are over 30 titles currently in the remastering / encoding queue.  There is a lot of effort being put into expanding the library and I’m sure there will be more information about that soon.

Read More

Content is King – Quality is Queen

Having the world’s largest library of 4K Ultra HD content is important, but so is having the best quality.  There are many factors in developing the best quality content.  First, starting with the best scan of the film is important.  4K Studios performs all scans at 16 bit color DPX allowing for future proofing of

Read More

The Desire for Information

I’ve been back to work for a few weeks now and I’ve been inundated with requests for more information.  I myself am seeking out information and have been debriefing with everyone and getting my hands around the state of things with technology, finance, contracts, legal issues etc.  It’s a big ask, and there has been

Read More

Random Thoughts Coming

I’m learning WordPress and getting this stie setup so that I can provide a semi-regular output of my random thoughts.  Please be patient as I get it up and running.

Read More