Information Services

What is Box of Broadcasts?

Information about the Box of Broadcasts service and what you can use it for.

Screen capture image of Box of Broadcasts sign in web page
Box of Broadcasts sign in web page

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is provided as a subscription service by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) for UK higher and further education institutions in collaboration with Bournemouth University.

The University of Edinburgh subscribes to the BoB National service which enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from over 60 TV and radio channels.

The recorded programmes are kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across every subscribing institution.

The 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 and search a growing archive of material.

A New BoB

A new BoB was launched on 1 August 2016 with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities. 


Signing in

From 1 August 2016, you can sign in to BoB by visiting the new website address

Or you can still visit the original address, bob, which will redirect.

Use the ‘sign in’ button on the home screen and select your institution from the drop-down menu on the ‘Where Are You From?’ screen.

If asked, enter your university email address and name as the final step to accessing the service. 

Double your recording limit

The daily recording limit has been increased from five to ten programme and creating clips will no longer use up the recording limit. From 31 August you’ll be able to make unlimited numbers of clips a day.

Other upgrade features from September 2016

Media records based on TRILT metadata, supporting more powerful searching capabilities

Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of all content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra

Better thumbnail previews on search results

Preview clips before saving

Personalised email alerts when your programmes are ready to view

More detailed citation data

Importing your existing playlists and clips

When logged in to BoB for the first time after the upgrade, you should see an orange banner prompting you to import playlists and clips saved under the email address registered previously (please ensure you’re using the same email address as in the old system if you want to import your original clips and playlists).

If you select ‘yes’, clips and playlists will be imported straight away. If you select ‘no’, you won’t see the prompt again, so only select 'no' if you are certain you no longer need your saved clips and playlists. 

If you have selected 'yes' to importing, you will see a green banner reporting the import of your playlists.

Expand the link to find out if any programmes have not been imported successfully. This is for your information but it will be the only opportunity to spot missing items. If there are errors, it is most likely due to a problem with the original file. If so, please take a screenshot or save for offline viewing if you still require that item.