Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

What is BoB?
Key Features
Limitations
Access
BoB Services – searching, recording, playlists, clips and My BoB etc
Further Help
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



View BoB Overview TutorialWhat is BoB?

BoB is a service from the British Film and Video Council (BUFVC) that enables you to record and view TV and radio programmes online from over 50 free-to-air channels in the UK, including an archive of thousands of programmes.

BoB should be useful to those needing to use TV and radio programmes, plays, films and music for teaching and learning, in particular those studying and teaching arts, performing arts, media, business, history, science and technology (including sports science) etc.

Views of academic usersKey Features

  • Record and view TV and radio online from over 50 free-to-air channels in the UK including regional broadcasts.
  • Retrieve programmes broadcast in the last seven days from a selected range of channels
  • Search and view programmes from a growing archive of 45,000 recorded programmes and from the 7 day buffer
  • Create and use playlists of programme recordings and/or clips, and search and view curated playlists
  • Create clips from programmes
  • Streamed full screen playback via high quality H.264/AAC Flash
  • Store and manage recordings in a personalised My BoB area
  • Subtitle searching and switch subtitles on and off
  • Access and view programmes through the BoB website on and off-campus.


Limitations

  • BoB is not available outside the United Kingdom
  • BoB operates under a specific licence offered in the UK so you must ensure that you comply with the licence terms and conditions
  • Licensing arrangements currently do not include programmes produced solely by the Open University. However, some programmes produced jointly by the OU are on BoB. If you wish to have a copy of programme produced solely by the Open University (for which an annual fee is required), please discuss with your subject team
  • BoB is a streaming service and the licence does not allow copying or downloading. If you would like a DVD as back up for class viewing, please contact your subject team.
  • BoB doesn't work fully on Internet Explorer 9, which is installed of many of the on-campus student computers. With IE 9 you can search the database and watch programmes but not set up recordings.
  • Only programmes recorded after the upgrade will be viewable on Apple iPads
  • Do not use the citation tool on BOB as this does not match the Anglia Ruskin Harvard Referencing standard.
  • For more help see the BoB FAQ page


Access

  • You can access and view programmes through the Digital Library on and off-campus, but you must be registered as a Library member
  • Login (using your University Login) first on the University Library website so you can access all our subscribed resources and services
  • Type box of broadcasts in the Library Search box (and press Return)
  • Box of Broadcasts should appear as the first result
  • Click on View Online - this should open Box of Broadcasts (BoB) in a new window
  • First time users (or those using for the first time after the change to University login) will need to click on New User and add your details to the Account Settings page; just your email address is sufficient
  • You may see a Where are you from? box (left of screen), if so, begin typing Anglia in the box, then click on the university's name and Go to login


BoB services

Searching the Archive:
You can access programmes, playlists and clips created in BoB by other UK university staff and students.

You can search the programme archive for TV and radio programmes either by title or subject and add any programme to your My BoB.

If you can't find what you're looking for consider experimenting with your search terms and/or using Advanced Search.
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View Recording TutorialRecording a Programme:
You can select (schedule) TV and radio programmes to be recorded from an Electronic Programme Guide of over 50 free to air channels which will be broadcast over the next seven days. You can also retrieve programmes broadcast in the last seven days from a selected range of channels.

Once you have selected/scheduled a programme, it is added to the archive and your My BoB area. When it is available for viewing*, simply click on the programme title to view.

View the Recording tutorial for help on recording.

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Note: You can select/schedule up to three recordings per day. In most cases you will find that the programme has already been scheduled (normally shown in green in the seven day schedule), or if it is a repeat it may be in the BoB archive. If you need to make more recordings, please email your subject team.

Playback:

You can playback recordings over the Internet, which means you can access them wherever you have an internet connection. Programmes are viewed or streamed in Flash video in a web page - in a similar way to BBC's iPlayer™.

*Note: the programme will not be available immediately – it needs to be converted from the original broadcast format into a format which can be played in your web browser. This may take up to eight hours or more at peak times. Your programme will be made available in My BoB when it is ready to view.

My BoB:
You have your own profile and area within BoB which enables you to access a recording you have requested or added from the archive; to make and store your own clips to play in lectures/seminars; and to store playlists of your favourite broadcasts and/or clips. Bob Icon
Note: The first time you use BoB, you may wish to change your username in BoB. To do this, go to My BoB and then click on Preferences and change your username to a recognisable name. This can just be your Anglia Ruskin University e-mail address.

View Creating Playlist TutorialCreating Playlists:
Playlists of programmes and/or clips can be created and stored in My BoB. These can be shared with other BoB users and searched by others. These can be embedded within a VLE or a presentation – instructions will follow shortly… See FAQs for general advice.

View the Playlists Tutorial for help with creating playlists.

View Creating Clips TutorialCreating Clips:
You can create clips from programmes. First find your programme and click on the Create a clip link below the player to reveal the clip controls. Bob Icon
Note: Embedding clips - You can link to programmes on BoB (e.g. from PowerPoint). Start by viewing your video or audio clip in BoB and copy the URL from your browser's address bar e.g. http://bobnational.net/programme.php?archive=53661&view=flash_player. Use this in preference to the 'embed links' function.



Further Help

More detailed information about the service can be found in the BoB Users' Guide at http://bobnational.net/bob_user_guide/index.html

Short tutorial guides are also available at http://bobnational.net/content.php?view=video

For further help and advice on using BoB, please contact your subject team.



Frequently Asked Questions

Which channels are available via BoB?

Free to air channels include: BBC One-Four, BBC News, BBC Parliament; ITV 1-4; Channel 4, More4, E4; Film4; Five; Sky Three, Sky News; Al Jazeera (Eng); Dave and BBC Radio 1-7 etc.

How many recordings can I make?

You can select/schedule up to three per recordings per day. In most cases you will find that the programme has already been scheduled. BOB also provides a 7-day Buffer which gives users a chance to record any broadcast they may have missed first-time round. If you need more, please e-mail your subject team.

What if I want to keep the recording?

Any programmes that you select will be held on My BoB indefinitely. However, under the terms of the licence you are not allowed to copy the programme to a DVD or CD. Please check whether the University Library has a DVD copy for loan.

How many times can I view a recording?

There is no limit to the number of times you may view a programme or the number of programmes you may view.

Can students make recordings?

All staff and students can record programmes using BoB.

When will my scheduled/requested programme be available?
The programme will not be available immediately – it needs to be converted from the original broadcast into a format which can be played in your web browser (Flash Video or MP3 for audio). At best it can take approximately the duration of the programme before the video or audio file is made available to you – so a programme that's an hour long can take an hour to convert. Your programme will be made available in My BoB when it is ready to view. Please consult the BoB Users' Guide for further advice.

Why does the quality of the playback vary?

The quality of the playback may vary depending on the network and equipment you are using and according to the time of day. The system automatically reduces the picture quality (bit rate) of the video stream, if the local bandwidth is low or congested, in order to ensure that playback is not interrupted. Staff: if you need a DVD copy for class viewing, please discuss with your subject team.

How do I link to BoB videos from elsewhere (e.g., Powerpoint, SharePoint etc)?

View your video clip in BoB and copy the URL from your browser's address bar e.g. http://bobnational.net/programme.php?archive=53661&view=flash_player. Use this in preference to the 'embed links' function.

The embed links function will not yet work in our VLE, but we are working on it…

Can non-UK based students view BoB?

Recordings made under the ERA licence can only be viewed by University staff or students in the UK.

Can I make extracts of a film on a commercial DVD available for teaching?

The ERA licence does not permit recordings of any non-broadcast material. This includes: commercial DVDs or videotapes, podcasts and other on-demand services (BBC iPlayer etc).

Can I record Open University programmes?

Licensing arrangements currently do not include programmes produced solely by the Open University. However, some programmes produced jointly by the OU are on BoB. If you wish to have a programme produced solely by the Open University, please discuss with your subject team.

Can existing off-air recordings made under the terms of the ERA licence be put on BoB?

Off-air recordings made under the terms of the ERA licence may be uploaded to BoB in the near future.

I can't find what I'm looking for in the Archive

If you can't find what you're looking for consider experimenting with your search terms and/or using Advanced Search. Note: you can improve the description and hence retrieval of programmes, by clicking on the Metadata links and completing the appropriate fields. In addition, you can help other BoB users find your playlists by using precise or descriptive titles.

How do I reference a programme from BoB?

See USING OTHER DOCUMENT TYPES > Broadcasts on our Harvard Referencing Page