Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service covering 75 free-to-air channels from Freeview and Freesat. This includes ten foreign language channels. 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. BoB also contains access to programmes held in the extensive BUFVC archive.
After a programme is recorded you can stream a Flash video on the web page, which works in a similar way to most TV station iPlayers. You can store the programmes you are interested in watching on playlists that you create in your account. BoB also gives you the opportunity to create clips from the programmes for use in presentations or for sharing with other members of the University for academic purposes.
BoB stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive indefinitely for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 2 million TV and radio programmes covering all genres. That number rises as more broadcasts are archived.
To be able to save playlists and clips on your MyBob account it is recommended that you add your email address as a backup of any changes to the institutional authentication process.
How to I connect to BoB?
Go to FindIt@Bham and search for Box of Broadcasts and use the instructions below to navigate your way around, make playlists and create clips for your presentations.
In order to use BoB effectively, the following browsers are recommended for BoB:
• Internet Explorer 11 (or later)
• Edge 12 (or later)
• Mozilla Firefox 44 (or later)
• Safari 8 (or later)
• Google Chrome 48 (or later)
Go to Findit@Bham and search for Box of Broadcasts . You will be prompted for your ADF (University username and password).
Alternatively you can go to https://login.learningonscreen.ac.uk/ and type University of Birmingham in the 'Where are you from?' box.
Then type in your University username and password. The first time that you do this an authentication email should be sent to your university email address. You will need to respond to this before you can make full use of the resource.
Please note that Box of Broadcasts can only be used in the United Kingdom. The terms and conditions of the ERA licence do not allow for use overseas. Geolocation software is used to block access outside the UK.
To see television and radio listings for the month and seven days ahead you can use the Guide tab.
The Guide contains titles for all the programmes available to watch or request. The nine most popular channels are listed first, with all content automatically recorded after broadcast. Programmes from other channels will need to be requested within 30 days of broadcast. If you want to plan ahead, recordings can be made seven days in advance too.
Programmes are divided into three categories:
Why do you need to request some programmes?
BoB only automatically records programmes from the 9 most popular channels. Other listed channels allow users 30 days to request a programme. Users also have the option to schedule recordings up to seven days in advance.
What channels are available?
The channel selection is subject to change, however a full current list can be found here
Once you have selected the programme you wish to watch, you can add it to one of your playlists. This will allow you to save the programme to watch later.
There are two ways to create a playlist:
1. Go to MyBob on the toolbar at the top of the screen
2. When you have found the programme you wish to keep
Searching for Playlists
Your tutor may have put a playlist on BoB for your course or module. To find it:
You can make clips of programmes to share with other members of the University BoB community and also use them in any presentations to illustrate a point you are making.
When you have found your programme:
You can now save your clip to a playlist, edit, embed or share it:
Embedding your clip into a Powerpoint presentation
When you cite content from your selected programme in your work you must make sure that it is correctly referenced.
Box of Brodcasts provides a citation box beneath each programme and also each clip that you make.
You can cut and paste this into your work, making sure that you apply the correct style to it, Harvard, Vancouver, APA, OSCOLA etc. For further help on this check out our iCite Guide
On the dashboard of the screen you will see an option for MyBoB.
This is where the following are stored: