Say hello to BEAM, the free onboard entertainment service from Virgin Trains. Access hundreds of hours of the universe’s best TV and movies, from classics to cult viewing. We’ve also got daily newspapers, monthly magazines, and boredom-banishing games, all ready and waiting to be streamed direct to your device.
Download the app, we recommend you do this before you board
Connect to ‘virgintrainswifi’ onboard, open BEAM, explore, and register (don’t worry, it’s free!)
Kick back and watch, read, learn or play
So, what’s on?
If you’re on one of our Voyager trains BEAM has daily newspapers, interesting weekly reads, glossy monthly mags, plus a whole host of games. On our Pendolinos you’ll have access to all of the above plus hundreds of hours of the best fresh-off-the-box-office and cult classic movies, and TV.
Updated regularly to keep things fresh, all ready and waiting to be streamed direct to your device. Just try not to miss your stop.
If you enjoy BEAM please take a moment to rate us on the App Store. Thanks for your support.
Is BEAM free?
It’s completely free. No subscription charge, no adverts. Whether you’re in First Class or Standard, access to BEAM is totally free. You won’t have to ever pay for content or WiFi to enjoy it.
Can I use BEAM after getting off the train?
Nope, sorry. You can only watch BEAM when you’re onboard our trains, but if you haven’t finished what you’re watching, BEAM will remember where you got to (as long as you’re using the same device). Clever.
- We’ve reduced the size of the app for even speedier downloads
- We’ve trapped several bugs and made various functionality improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Works fine but stale choices
The application works pretty well - I have used it for a few months and never had a problem while watching any of the content so from an app perspective it is pretty good.
However, the content is lacking in choice. Now when you first download the app and you look at the content you think it is not bad for a free service; a selection of programmes and films of which many are pretty recent and were big box office movies or TV programmes that were well acclaimed. The problem is that as I mentioned at the beginning, I have been using it for a few months and....well.....the content hasn't changed much if at all so I have pretty much seen everything I want to and unless I start watching stuff again (which I don't want to) I won't be using the app.
Plebs for example was supposed to be available until end of May - indeed it was. However it was also available in June and probably July. At the very least it would be good if they had now put the second series on there instead of series 1 for months and months. This is true of all the TV programmes you only get series one and seemingly forever. Movies are the same - It is almost as though now they have created the service they have left it alone to fester.
Come on guys, give us some new refreshed content!
It's a great idea to have an app that lets you have similar entertainment to an airplane, but on your own device. I could fairly easily install it using free Virgin wifi (had to restart a few times) and then watched a movie. The movie worked well, no glitches, but it is right that there is only a small selection of films available, I'm hoping that will improve. My train ride was well over 2 hours, so no problem to watch to the end. It would also be great to have music on the app. I probably would not spend my own wifi on downloading the app, but it is a great step in the right direction, and I hope the app will continue to grow and improve.
Don't bother wasting your time downloading this idiotically conceived and miserably resourced app. It's unlikely you'll want to watch / listen to any of the highly limited content bearing in mind that once your journey finishes so does the content. Do use this app if you want to pay exorbitant fees for restricted access to the Internet. Given the ridiculous amount I had already been extorted for my low demand rail ticket (on a half empty train) I was hoping for a generous gesture. How wrong could I have been. You may also find that the patronising, pseudo-matey instructions and messages will make you question whether inane stupidity was on the job spec at the Virgin IT dept or at the managerial level that passed this rubbish.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.