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19 Oct 2018

Southeastern Motion heralds UK first in entertainment and information for passengers in London and the south east

Southeastern Motion heralds UK first in entertainment and information for passengers in London and the south east: SE Motion

  • Roll-out of Southeastern Motion – a new information and entertainment service – begins today
  • It will begin on mainline routes between Kent, East Sussex London and rapidly expand to Metro routes within London as well as Highspeed routes
  • First ever partnership for a UK domestic transport network with Amazon Prime Video
  • First ever partnership with Rakuten Kobo eBooks and audiobooks

Southeastern is proud to announce the roll-out of a new information and entertainment service on all of its trains called Southeastern Motion. The free service heralds the first ever partnership by a UK transport network operator with Amazon Prime Video and Rakuten Kobo.

Rakuten Kobo, which gives members access to more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks, will make hundreds of their bestsellers available on the portal.

It will feature a range of content to keep passengers informed and entertained. In the morning, they will be able to prepare for the day ahead with an update on the news headlines or wind down on the way home with a favourite TV show.

From eBooks to magazines, news feeds, podcasts and TV shows, the service is accessed via Southeastern’s free on-board WiFi, launched earlier this year across all routes. As it is hosted directly on the train’s server, streaming will not be interrupted by tunnels or cuttings, and passengers will not miss a moment of their chosen content such as TV programmes from Amazon Prime Video and UKTV.

Initially available on board selected trains on routes between Kent, East Sussex and London, Motion will soon be available on Metro routes across south east London as well as Highspeed routes. It is just one of the ways in which Southeastern continues to invest in its service to provide better journeys for passengers.

Diane Burke, Commercial Director for Southeastern said:

“We always aim to do more for our passengers and wanted to take our free WiFi offer one step further when we began rolling it out earlier in the year. Motion will offer TV programmes from Amazon Prime Video and eBooks and audiobooks from Rakuten Kobo – the first such partnerships of their kind anywhere on a UK transport network.

“We know that people use their time spent travelling on our trains in different ways, whether that’s helping them prepare for work with the latest news or introducing a new box set into their evening viewing. We hope that Motion will offer something for every passenger and make their journey more enjoyable.”

Highlights of the content offered by Motion, which will be refreshed regularly, will include:

Amazon Prime

  • The Grand Tour
  • The Man In The High Castle
  • Mozart in the Jungle

UKTV (follows in November)

  • 1945
  • Alan Davies As Yet Untitled
  • Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit

e-Books by Rakuten Kobo

  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  • Widows by Lynda La Plante

Magazines

  • BBC Countryfile
  • BBC History
  • Cosmopolitan

News feeds

  • Financial Times (follows in November)
  • Kent Media Group

Podcasts

  • Anger Management with Nick Clegg
  • Soundtracking with Edith Bowman
  • Hip Hop Saved My Life
  • There’s No Such Thing As A Fish

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

press.office@southeasternrailway.co.uk

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