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TVI Records

This video provides users of the BUFVC’s TRILT database and Off-Air Recording Service information about the use and limitations of TRILT records brandishing the TVI record ID. Further information about other aspects of TRILT can be found in this collection’s accompanying videos.




Programme records in TRILT carry one of two different ID types. Standard IDs, comprised of a simple alpha-numeric, and TVIs, where a shorter alpha-numeric is prefixed by this code. Records containing the TVI ID apply to programmes broadcast prior to 2001, the data for which was migrated from the BUFVC’s former television index.

Although the broadcast information presented in TVI records is much the same as more recent records, the records themselves are handled differently. This is most evident when looking at programmes broadcast as part of a series.  With TVI records there will only ever be one record for the entire series, as opposed to more recent entries, where each episode has it’s own individual record and ID.

When using the Off-Air Service to request a programme that’s part of a series and bares the TVI prefix, users should specify within the requestor notes field which episode they require. For instance, in this example, only the 2nd episode of the series “Don’t Look Down” is required. Therefore the requestor notes field should specify this, i.e, “Episode 2 “ or the broadcast date “The 25th of May.”

Should you require the entire series, you’ll need to put through multiple requests, each time using the single TVI record, as demonstrated here… Each episode will count as one Off-Air request.

For more information, and tips on other aspects of TRILT and the Off-Air Back-Up Recording Service, please see our companion videos and FAQ sheet.