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BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.

BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. 

The user-friendly system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what they are watching with others, search a growing archive of material, plus more. Discover more about BoB National features by viewing our video tutorials.

New key features launched in January 2014 include:

  • the addition of all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (800,000+ programmes)
  • over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian
  • an extended 30 day recording buffer – more time to record missed programmes
  • a new look website, improved navigation
  • Apple iOS compatibility – watch BoB on handheld devices
  • searchable transcripts
  • links to social media – share what you’re watching online
  • a one-click citation reference, allowing you to cite programmes in your work

BoB National is provided as a subscription service by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) for UK higher and further education institutions in collaboration with Bournemouth University. To subscribe to BoB National institutions must hold an ERA licence and BUFVC membership. See our current subscribers here.

Read more on the benefits of BoB National and how to subscribe, including the full Terms & Conditions of Use.

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Enterprise Video Platform & Secure Video Hosting provided by Cambridge Imaging Systems.

Cambridge Imaging Systems have been at the forefront of media asset management for 20 years. 

Our modular award winning Enterprise Video Platform software (Imagen) enables content owners to easily publish and monetise large-scale media archives in a branded web interface - in the cloud or self-hosted. Imagen is the off the shelf end to end solution to manage and publish video in a secure branded website, that unlocks the value of your content. 

Imagen is an off-the-shelf Enterprise Video Platform which can be used to manage all kinds of media assets - from ingest all the way through to browse, retrieval, output and distribution via the www. Our technology has been developed working on large-scale projects for corporate, educational and government clients and is used by Ministry of Defence, BBC, Channel 4, IMG, ATP, Endemol and many more.

BoB National is a result of a collaboration between the BUFVC, Cambridge Imaging Systems and Bournemouth University. The latest version of BoB National, launched in January 2014, is a result of a partnership between the BUFVC, Jisc and the BBC.