Posted on: 16 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
In mid-2016, Rockwell Collins is planning to launch a subscription-based media streaming solution for business aircraft operators called Stage.
Using wireless access points in the aircraft cabin, Stage enables up to 70 passengers to stream media, including Hollywood digital rights management-protected films and TV shows, to personal electronic devices from an on-board server.
Content is selected by flight departments from a frequently updated cloud-based media catalogue and can be loaded on the aircraft server either physically or wirelessly. Personal, non-DRM content can be uploaded to the Stage cloud and made available for passengers to stream.
“Stage makes prepping an aircraft’s cabin entertainment for a trip much easier—especially when last-minute changes are necessary—to give passengers access to exactly the entertainment and information they want,” commented Greg Irmen, VP and general manager of information systems for Rockwell Collins. “And since this a subscription-based service, passengers won’t have to worry about making in-flight content purchases.”
Stage apps for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones are available, with the Android Stage app available on the cabin server for download without an internet connection. Stage content can also be accessed via web browsers on tablets without the app, including Chrome.