TV on train, and on demand

First Great Western today launched an on-demand TV service in coach D of their HST services out of London Paddington.

The screens, embedded in the headrests of the seat in front, will show a selection of the latest comedies, dramas, documentaries, children's programmes and sports. They also allow you to pause, stop, fast-forward, rewind and re-choose a programme at your leisure - a bit like a moving Sky+ i suppose.

The service comes at a charge of £3.95 with an extra couple of quid if you need headphones. Access to the channels is through mobile phone registration or online at

As far as I'm aware FGW are the first TOC to launch such a service, so it will be interesting to see how many people are willing stump up the extra cash - especially in the current economic climate and backlash against high train fares.