wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PressPlay to let train passengers watch videos over local network


Travel entertainment startup PressPlay has tied up with North Western Railway to provide its passengers video on demand services during train journeys. As of now, the feature is live on Delhi Bikaner Intercity (22471 up & 22472 down) and Chetak Express (12981 up & 12982 down), with plans to extend it to 30 trains in the coming quarter.

The service lets users connect to its WiFi in the train, from where users can download movies and other content to watch on the go. The company will install PressPlay hotspots in AC coaches of the train for users to remain connected. Passengers can stream locally via these hotspots, without using mobile data. However, the company also lets users watch live channels and trending videos etc., in case a 3G/4G connection is available.

As of now the service is free to use, although it’s likely supported by ads. The company mentions that videos are downloaded locally by the app, so users can continue to watch the content even after de-boarding the train and are out of the WiFi range. However, it’s not clear for how long users can keep the content. As of now, the company claims to have over 2,500 hotspots across the country in buses, hospitals, hotels, bus and trains stations etc.

Founded in December 2013 by Anand Sinha and George Abraham, PressPlay had raised $500,000 in funding from a group of unnamed angel investors in August 2014. The company previously offered passengers travelling on long-distance buses tablets pre-loaded with entertainment content, before pivoting to an app only model.

Fropcorn at airports: Earlier this month, Mumbai-based entertainment company Fropcorn launched a similar service at the Hyderabad International airport, although users would have to pay for each movie. The company said then that it planned to launch access points at other airports and high footfall location, although it did not provide a timeline for this.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

MediaNama’s take: PressPlay’s take on being a mobile streaming should be useful to users for avoiding wasting data when travelling and accessing content when out of coverage area. Establishing data centres on each train is going to be pretty expensive and as such, we expect the service will remain somewhat niche, and only see it on some of the popular trains.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.


When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.


The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

You May Also Like


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ