As of February 12th, Loughborough staff and students now have full access to the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service again following some recent authentication issues. Just in time to make use of a range of new features which were launched when the service was updated in January.
Not familiar with BoB? It is an off-air recording and media archive service available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license (including us). BoB enables you to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV & radio stations. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over a 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, share what they are watching with others, search a growing archive of material, plus more.
New features added in January include:
- A new look website, with improved navigation
- The addition of all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (over 800,000 programmes)
- Over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian stations
- An extended 30 day recording buffer – more time to record missed programmes
- Apple iOS compatibility – you can now 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
You can access Box of Broadcasts at http://bobnational.net. Click ‘login’, choose ‘Loughborough University’ as your institution, then enter your usual Lboro credentials.