The free service includes major Hollywood films such as The Wolf Of Wall Street and Breakfast At Tiffany's

Virgin Trains launches onboard entertainment streaming service

Virgin Trains has launched a Netflix-style entertainment system that allows passengers to watch films and TV programmes on demand using their own devices.

Approximately 200 hours of content has been made available for travellers to watch on their mobiles and tablets.

The free service uses Virgin's Beam app via an on-board server, meaning there is no need to use Wi-Fi or mobile data.

It is the first time this technology has been used on the UK's railways, although a number of airlines have introduced similar systems in recent years as many passengers have better screens on their own devices than the traditional seat-back televisions, which add extra weight to aircraft.

Virgin's content includes films such as The Wolf Of Wall Street, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Bridesmaids and Despicable Me 2, TV shows including 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.

Patrick McCall, co-chairman of Virgin Trains, said: "The new Beam app will make our passengers' journeys fly by, feeling like they've arrived at their destinations before they know it.

"We've worked really hard to provide a fantastic range of entertainment to cater to all of our customers' tastes and are really proud to offer this service that is the first of its kind to the train industry.

"At Virgin Trains we pride ourselves on continuously improving our customers' on-board experience and so will continue to update the content on Beam to guarantee our passengers have the latest entertainment on offer."

Virgin is marking the launch of the app with an event at London Euston today that includes the cast of the upcoming film, Independence Day: Resurgence, which stars Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. Both actors will have a carriage decorated with images of their characters from the film.

On West Coast routes Beam is available on Pendolino trains and will be rolled out across Voyager services by September. This means 90 per cent of Virgin's West Coast passengers already have access to the service.

The company has had a history of redecorating its trains to mark events. In December it unveiled two Christmas-themed trains featuring designs created by primary school children.

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