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RigNet Expands Infotainment Services for Remote Crews

Dec 11, 2018

RigNet, Inc. introduced CrewFlix™ as a new addition to its CrewConnect™ portfolio, which provides crew morale services grounded in reliable, secure, and controlled connectivity.

CrewFlix is a video-on-demand streaming service offering an entertainment library that includes top grossing films licensed from Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and many more. It also includes popular TV series over Internet Protocol networks with monthly updates. Optional daily news and sports broadcast programing are also available. CrewFlix can be delivered to both TVs and personal devices or both, depending on site requirements, and it supports video streamed to iOS or Android devices as well as PCs or Macs.

A 2018 survey, conducted by industry publisher Futurenautics, found the average offshore worker has 3 mobile devices, 72% of which are smart phones and 58% are laptops. This is further supported by the 714% growth in usage of RigNet’s CrewHotspot™ service between 3Q 2017 and 3Q 2018.

“Our CrewFlix offering is designed to meet the growing infotainment demands of crews working in remote onshore and offshore locations around the globe,” said RigNet Vice President of Products and Services, Edward Traupman. “We’re innovating a traditional video-on-demand service by tailoring the delivery to BYOD users while ensuring crews are not accessing such content from unsecure sources.”

The service is delivered with multiple audio tracks and subtitles using adaptive-bit-rate streaming technology that adjusts to “last mile” issues of network conditions and bandwidth availability. The service delivers powerful performance and enterprise-class, high-availability features over existing WiFi networks. CrewFlix is available under RigNet managed service agreements with enterprise subscribers.

 

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