Answered By: Andrew Willan
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2024     Views: 1233

There are two web-based / online resource for accessing and recording off-air UK TV is, Box of Broadcasts (BoB) and Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT

BoB enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from over 60 TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

Through BoB you can:

  • Access 2 million broadcasts dating back to the 1990s
  • Record from over 65 free-to-air channels
  • Create playlists, clips and clip compilations
  • Search programme transcripts and subtitles
  • One-click citation for easy academic referencing

BoB includes programmes from

  • BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive content dating back to the 1950s.

You can record and catch-up on missed programmes (BoB has a 30 day buffer), schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what you are watching with others and search a growing archive of material. BoB includes all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (800,000+ programmes).

Access BoB then click on ‘log in’, select University of Liverpool and use your username and password to log in. The first time you use BoB, you will be prompted to enter an email address (which allows you to use the MyBoB Playlist facility) and accept the terms & conditions.

Video tutorials are available to get you started.

BoB is only available to Library customers on the UK mainland, and requires the following (or later) browsers; IE 10, Mozilla Firefox 26, Safari 5, Google Chrome 31.

BoB is available available across desktop, iOS and Android devices. Users can manually arrange/sort programmes inside a playlist by dragging programmes around, sort lists by title and date, and add content to playlists directly from the requests and clips panels in My BoB

The Library is taking part in a pilot project which now allows some BoB content to be made available to overseas students. For further information see Can I have offshore/overseas access to Box of Broadcasts (BoB)?

TRILT is principally a TV listings service but you can also access programmes which are available via the BUFVC's Off Air Recording Back-Up Service.

This service currently records London broadcasts of BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, More 4 (since June 2010), BBC Radio 4 (since September 2008) and BBC Radio 4 Extra (since September 2009). BBC Three recordings are available from February 2003 until February 2016, when it ceased on-air broadcasting. 

To use TRILT, contact your Liaison Librarian to arrange a request and for an ERA license form to be completed.

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