Box of Broadcasts

What is BoB?

BoB enables all students and staff 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. 

How do I access BoB?

  • Go to the BoB homepage
  • Click the Login button
  • Type the first three letters of University in the search box & select
  • Login with your username & password

What does it do?

You can schedule programmes to be recorded which will be broadcast over the next seven days, as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days. All you need is access to the internet and your login. You do not need to be on-site at the University. You can schedule up to three recordings per day 

You can playback recordings over the internet, which means you can access them wherever you have an internet connection.

Access the BoB online archive 
As well as the material you have recorded, you can playback and make clips from all the material recorded on BoB by other UK university staff and students

Make clips and create your own playlists 
You have your own profile within BoB, called ‘My BoB’ so you can make your own clips to play in lectures and store playlists of your favourite broadcasts. These can be made public

Use of subtitles 
Subtitles are available on most programmes - you can select to have subtitles turned on or off


Satellite channels are not included.


For general information about BoB, email or phone 01326 370454

Additional information

* BoB is an off-air recording and broadcast media archive service made available to Higher Education institutions which are members of the BUFVC and hold an ERA License. We have subscribed to the BoB National service which is administered centrally by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) and provides a streaming service to subscribers. BoB National is a collaboration between Cambridge Imaging Systems, the BUFVC and Bournemouth University's Centre for Excellence in Media Practice