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 goes live on 1 August with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities. However, the service will be limited until September when completion of the full upgrade is expected.


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. 


Limited content and functionality during the upgrade period

Throughout August BoB be working on fully upgrading the system but unfortunately, some of their archive content and  functionality won’t be available during this time.

Saved clips and playlists can’t be accessed but will be available again in September.

Some archive content broadcast before 1 July will also not be accessible. Archive content and enhanced functionality will be restored in September, along with all new features. 


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

Label your own clips

Personalised email alerts when your programmes are ready to view

More detailed citation data