Belfast Telegraph

Film and TV service launched for National Express coach passengers

Coach passengers will be able to watch a range of films and TV programmes on their own electronic devices using a new app.

National Express, the largest scheduled coach service provider in Britain, is launching the free entertainment service for tablets and smartphones later this month.

Its Vuer app - short for View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax - will feature television comedies and dramas, Sky Sports News bulletins and a range of magazines such as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Top Gear and Lonely Planet.

Passengers will be able to use their own electronic devices to stream more than 1 00 hours of content over wi-fi, which c ould relieve stress if they are stuck in traffic jams.

Latest Department for Transport figures show the average delay on motorways and major A roads in England rose by 4.6% in June compared with the same month last year.

Vuer will be launched on November 28, with films available from early next year. A ll National Express coaches will be connected by summer 2017.

T om Stables, managing director of National Express UK Coach, said: "We are thrilled to launch the UK's first coach infotainment system, which will greatly enhance the travelling experience for the millions of people who use us each year and we're particularly pleased to be the first to offer Sky Sports News.

"Customers will benefit from films, TV and magazines - as well as news and weather updates - completely free of charge, leaving them free to truly unwind, relax and get the most out of their journey.

"With coach tickets from just £5 one-way and magazines, film and TV thrown in for free, we believe Vuer enables us to offer truly unbeatable value to customers."

In June Virgin Trains became the first train operator to launch a Netflix-style entertainment system allowing passengers to watch films and TV programmes on demand using their own devices.

The free service involves using Virgin's Beam app via an on-board server, meaning there is no need to use wi-fi or mobile data.