Satnews Daily
December 12th, 2018

RigNet Passes the Popcorn as They Keep Remote Crews Entertained with CrewFlix™ 

Crews that work for an offshore oil and gas companies can now enjoy RigNet's latest addition, CrewFlix™ which is a new addition to its CrewConnect™ portfolio, that is improving crews' morale.

RigNet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNET) announced CrewFlix™ as a new addition to its CrewConnect™ portfolio, which provides crew morale services grounded in reliable, secure, and controlled connectivity. RigNet provides ultra-secure, intelligent networking solutions for distributed oil and gas operations. 

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

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.

RigNet Vice President of Products and Services, Edward Traupman said that their CrewFlix offering is designed to meet the growing infotainment demands of crews working in remote onshore and offshore locations around the globe. RigNet is 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.

RigNet, a global technology company provides customized communications services, applications, real-time machine learning, and cybersecurity solutions to enhance customer decision-making and business performance.