In-transit infotainment on 10 trains from October

Beginning October, travellers on 10 trains, including the Chennai-Bangalore Lalbagh Express, will have access to in-transit infotainment such as latest movies, news updates, live cricket and more services through GO TV, a private television software provider.

Launched by the Chennai-based Tranz Vision Digital Media in July, this facility is currently available to those commuting on the Bangalore-Chennai Central Shatabdi Express operated by South Western Railway. The infotainment gets activated as soon as the train departs from the originating station. They are greeted in English, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada languages about the travel time.

Altogether 20 LCD colour televisions have been installed in 10 compartments of the Shatabdi Express that beam movies, health tips, tourist destinations, comedy clips and information about passing stations with the help of onboard GPS. It is also planned to provide rail-related information.

Talking to The Hindu , Trans Vision Director V. Girish Kumar said that at present they were fine-tuning the system to remove glitches. The content would be changed once in four days to make it a refreshing experience for travellers. Movie trailers of ‘Mugamoodi’ and ‘Thandavam’ and features on their making will be screened from Monday.

From October, in-transit infotainment would be made available on five trains and their pairs free of cost. Out of five sectors — three would cater to Chennai-Bangalore and the rest would cover Mysore-Shimoga and Bangalore-Hubli. Currently, 68 TV sets are being installed in these trains.

“We are discussing with the top officials of Southern Railway the possibility of introducing it on Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express, Brindavan Express, and Chennai-Bangalore A/C double decker. This will happen sometime in December. Our aim is to provide entertainment services in 30 to 35 trains by March.” he said.

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