Virgin Trains' Free, Netflix-Style Streaming App May Make You Miss Your Stop

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Virgin Trains has decided to be all modern and on-trend by launching its own free, Netflix-like entertainment service, called Beam, which will inevitably make the ticket inspector's job a little more annoying ("Excuse me, mind looking at me, reading my lips, hitting pause and rummaging around in your pockets for me?" Repeat) and lead to more customers missing their stops.

Passengers on Virgin Pendolino services on both the West Coast and East Coast routes will be able to use the app to stream movies and TV shows (as well as play games and read books) while they travel, and the service should come to Super Voyager West Coast trains this September.

So what’s on offer? Virgin Trains has given us a taster of what customers on West Coast trains will be able to get their teeth into, but for some reason content will be slightly different on the East Coast route. Here's some of the stuff passengers on the first service will have at their fingertips.

Films:

  • The Wolf Of Wall Street
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  • Bridesmaids
  • Despicable Me 2

TV Shows:

  • House Of Cards
  • Poldark
  • Fortitude

Stuff For Kids:

  • Frozen
  • Peppa Pig
  • Ben 10
  • Horrible Histories

But what about data costs and mobile dead spots? There's no point in any of this if DiCaprio's mouth keeps freezing mid-way through testosterone-fuelled lad speech. Well, Virgin Trains says Beam works "with an on-board server" and doesn't rely on mobile data or, confusingly, a Wi-Fi connection. GoMedia on the other hand, which developed the platform, says the app works through Virgin Train’s on-board Wi-Fi, from a content server hosted on the train. A slightly baffled HURRAH!

Do make sure you use a pair of headphones though, especially in the Quiet Zone. [Guardian]