I’ve been a UFC fan for a long time, and I’ve watched events a variety of ways. Over satellite, over cable, and streamed over the Internet using my web browser as well. Without a doubt, the best way that I have found to watch UFC events is with the UFC.tv channel on a Roku box.
The main reason for this is the picture quality. I have admittedly been away from the cable and satellite worlds for a few years now. At that time, the best picture quality you could achieve with such a service was 720p or 1080i. Everyone who knows anything about high definition and HDTVs knows that the optimal picture quality is 1080p. Obviously, 720p and 1080i is a noticeable step below this.
When watching UFC events in the past, the best picture quality I could achieve over cable or satellite was 720p. Using YouTube or UFC.tv in a web browser and ordering UFC events that way would give me similar picture quality, but I always found the frame rate to be a little off. For whatever reason, streaming UFC events under Windows gave me less than ideal picture quality. You could tell that something looked a little off compared to using a set-top box from a television provider.
And then I bought a Roku box. With the UFC.tv channel installed, it’s possible to stream UFC events over the Internet at 1080p resolution. This resulted in picture quality that was far beyond what I was used to watching over cable and satellite. Because I have a projector (a BenQ W1070) and a 115-inch screen, anything below 720p didn’t look that good at all. The screen size was too big for the smaller HD resolution. This problem is eliminated with the Roku box, thankfully. Even at 115 inches, the picture is crisp, clear, and the level of detail is amazing.
This past weekend I was watching a UFC Fight Night event and was so impressed I decided to snap a picture of the screen (shown above) and write this blog post. Granted, it’s hard to capture the picture quality of both the stream itself and the screen on the sub-par iPhone camera, but you get the idea.
Whether you’re still on the fence about cutting the cable completely, or if you have and you’re looking for the best way to stream UFC events, a Roku box is the way to go. Get the most out of your HDTV and stream the events in 1080p.