Central Trials TVs on Its Train Services

The Birmingham Post (England), June 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

Central Trials TVs on Its Train Services


Byline: Steve Pain Business Staff

Midland rail commuters are to be the first in the country to experience TV on the train.

They will view a new TV-style information and entertainment system while travelling on Central Trains services.

Audio-video technology specialist TNCI UK is to invest about pounds 3 million to install its advanced TNX system on Central Trains as part of a three week trial due to begin on July 7.

Passengers will be able to access what the company says will be 'near real-time' news, sports, weather and general interest programmes on TV monitors installed along luggage racks in train carriages.

The system, which will be updated twice a day via highspeed wireless technology, is also capable of displaying travel information for passengers during their journey.

During the trial company representatives will be talking to passengers in an effort to gauge their reaction to the new service, which in operational form is likely to feature more up-to-date information and possibly increased numbers of monitors.

Derby-based TNCI UK, which has financial backing from US and UK investors, says that once operational TNX will be totally funded by advertising and sponsorship, so passengers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the television system at no cost to themselves or to Central Trains.

The company claims that TNX is a first for the UK due to the wayit will be operated commercially, with revenue raised entirely through advertising and sponsorship. …

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