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.
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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.