13 JUNE 2016
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Virgin Trains has launched an entertainment system allowing passengers to watch films and TV programmes on demand using their own devices. The service is free and not dependent on mobile data systems, using the trains’ built in wi-fi via an on-board server host.
Travellers can stream a library of around 200 hours of content to their mobiles and tablets. It is not dissimilar to aircraft systems, with a library of films on hand available from a seat back or tablet from a master source.
Virgin’s content includes films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bridesmaids and Despicable Me 2. TV series include House of Cards, Poldark and Fortitude, as well as games and magazines. There is also a section for children, including Frozen, Peppa Pig, Ben 10 and Horrible Histories.
Called Beam, the new product is available straightaway on all Virgin Pendolino services on the West Coast route and willl be “rolled out” on the East Coast from today (Monday 13 June) and Super Voyager West Coast services by September.
The exact content will vary across the East and West Coast franchises.
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