British Universities Film & Video Council

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BoB National

BoB National is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for education. BoB (short for Box of Broadcasts) enables allstaff and students in subscribing education institutions to view, record, create clips and share any broadcast programmes from nearly 70 TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and searched and shared by all users.

BoB National can dramatically enhance the learning and teaching experience. Academics use it to engage students by adding clips or programmes to their lectures and VLEs, whereas students can use it to re-cap on important topics, enhance their research and improve their subject knowledge.

Box-of-Broadcasts-Poster-2015Do even more with new features and content

BoB has recently undergone a major new upgrade resulting in the addition of new features and content. Users can now:

  • View nearly 1.4 million TV and radio programmes including additional off-air recordings from the BBC going back to 2007
  • Access more than ten foreign language channels
  • Record from an extended 30-day buffer
  • Display and search transcripts and thumbnails
  • Watch BoB on handheld devices
  • Create clips, playlists and clip compilations easily
  • Find a one-click citation to reference programmes in your work
  • Enjoy a new-look website and improved navigation
  • Share what you’re watching on Twitter
  • Add comments to programmes and clips

Discover more

To find out more about subscribing visit the BoB National website (opens in new window), email or telephone 020 7393 1500.

For the latest BoB National news join us on Twitter: @bufvc_bob

Download the new A2 poster with details about the BoB National service that subscribers can customise with their own institutional details (instruction on how to do this can be downloaded from here.

Initially launched in March 2009, BoB National is a result of a partnership between the BUFVC, Imagen Ltd, and Bournemouth University. Subscription is limited to institutions holding a valid ERA licence and BUFVC membership.