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How do I find out about Bob National, the TV Service?

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.

Bob National is available from

BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. 

Why use this service?

The channels on the right are available to record up to 7 day in advance, and you can still record a programme up to 30 days after it airs. Any BBC programme since 2007 can be requested. Other features include

  • Accessibility: Subtitles are available on nearly all programmes, and longer programmes can be searched by the words spoken within them
  • Clips: No need to search through a programme, create your own clips (or find clips others have made) and show students the specific extract you want them to see
  • UK Wide: The service is available on and off campus
  • Mobile friendly: Watch all the programmes on Bob National on PC, Mobile or Tablet


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