Research resource of the week @CityUniLibrary = Box of Broadcasts (BOB)

Box of Broadcasts  (BOB)  is an off-air recording and media archive service for staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. Only available to users in the UK.   Users can develop playlists. BoB is useful for watching programmes, films, documentaries and also has some foreign language channels.

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Box of Broadcasts New Interface

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.

BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions 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.

The user-friendly system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what they are watching with others, search a growing archive of material, plus more. Discover more about BoB National features by viewing video tutorials.

New key features launched in January 2014 include:
•the addition of all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (800,000+ programmes)
•over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian
•an extended 30 day recording buffer – more time to record missed programmes
•a new look website, improved navigation
•Apple iOS compatibility – watch BoB on handheld devices
•searchable transcripts
•links to social media – share what you’re watching online
•a one-click citation reference, allowing you to cite programmes in your work

New resource: Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB is available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license. This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. After a programme is recorded users can stream a Flash video in a web page – in a similar way to BBC’s iPlayer. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips, search for programmes coming up in the next seven days by title or keyword, compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

Video tutorials: http://bobnational.net/content.php?view=video

Users guide: http://bobnational.net/bob_user_guide/index.html

BoB operates under a specific licence offered in the UK, so authorised users must be careful to strictly obey the terms, or risk service termination, disciplinary or legal action. You may only access or use BoB in the territory of the United Kingdom. If you are in another country, the licence and associated exceptions in law do not apply and you cannot use BoB, even if you are an authorised user in the UK. The terms and conditions provide a framework of rules for use of BoB and the content delivered by BoB. Content delivered from BoB may not be copied or stored, this is a streaming service only. Under no circumstances may users hold local copies of content which has been delivered by BoB. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of BoB. All users have a personal responsibility to comply with the licence terms.

A link to BOB has been added to all the Arts library subject guides under the Finding e-resources tab http://libguides.city.ac.uk/

Or access via the library catalogue: http://encore.city.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Re1000645 then Go to this resource To login start typing City University into the Where Are You From? box on the left hand side and click on the link for City University. Then click on Login and then enter your IT username and password. Try searching the Archive for programmes and documentaries useful to your research.