Passengers on luxury trains — Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels — can now watch their favourite TV programmes while onboard.
Dish TV, the leading direct-to-home (DTH) service provider in the country, on Tuesday, announced introduction of Live TV entertainment on these trains. Other trains could also get the service in the near future.
This is the first instance of streaming TV launched in a train in the country. Dish TV already provides its service in Kingfisher Airlines and has clientele among yachts and sports-utility vehicle users.
The company has already completed its trial run, which was limited only to the bar lounge of both trains.
Beginning August, when the next season commences for Palace on Wheels, Dish TV plans to install its sets in each bogey. “We are also in talks with the Railway ministry to implement live TV entertainment in Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express.
For Shatabdis, we are looking at a personal TV set for each passenger like we have in aircrafts,” said Samir Juneja, project head- Mobile DTH.
Speaking about the technology to be used in running trains, Juneja said, “Seamless entertainment in a train is a critical issue as the train crosses various terrains. However, through the technology we devised, the 54-inch long antennae will always remain connected with the satellite.”
The technology has been approved from the Research esign and Standards Organisation, as the mobile dish antennae will be installed on the roof of the train and auto track the satellite all the times.
The tourists on these trains can now enjoy 110 satellite channels showing business news, current affairs, sports and travel and lifestyle, among others.
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), meanwhile, feels that the move will bring more laurels to luxury train travel, as the initial reaction of the tourists has been encouraging.
“We are pleased to join hands with Dish TV to bring Live TV to our two prestigious luxury trains. Our guests are pleasantly surprised to see Live TV in the trains. They are enjoying the IPL (Indian Premier League) and EPL (English Premier League) matches on the move,” said Pramod Sharma from RTDC.