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New moving image service at the British Library

The British Library has unveiled its new pilot moving image services in the Reading Rooms at St Pancras, Colindale and Boston Spa which includes access to the BUFVC’s TV and radio listings database, TRILT.  In combination with existing sound collections, the BL can now provide instant access to nearly a million sound and moving image items on site, supported by data for over 20 million sound and moving image recordings.

Along with TRILT, the BL is now offering:

BBC Pilot Service
This is a trial service produced by the BBC in collaboration with the British Library. It brings together the BBC’s programme catalogue, Radio Times data and BBC television and radio programmes recorded off-air from mid-2007 to the end of 2011. There are approximately 2.2 million catalogue records and 190,000 playable programmes, both television and radio. The Pilot Service is being made available in the Library’s Reading Rooms on a trial basis between October 2012 and March 2013, and users should look on the catalogue as a platform on which we hope to build further services in the future.

Broadcast News
This service provides access to daily television and radio news programmes from seventeen channels (fifteen TV, two radio) broadcast in the UK since May 2010, recorded off-air by the British Library. The programmes will be almost instantly available, with new programmes available in our Reading Rooms within hours of broadcast. We currently record forty-six hours per day, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Al-Jazeera English, NHK World, CNN, France 24, Bloomberg, Russia Today and China’s CCTV News. Many of the programmes come with subtitles, which we have made word-searchable, greatly enhancing Broadcast News as a research resource.

For further details, read the BL’s Moving Image Blog here.

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