An introduction to Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts, or BoB as it is generally referred to, is an off-air recording and  media archive service. Their website is 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. You can watch any programme (including films) that has been recorded since it started, so that is around 6 years worth of programmes.

It works a lot like i-player, and 4OD so if you can work them you will be able to use this. On BOB you can view recordings from the extensive archive, create playlists, watch playlists from other users, and create short video clips which are great for presentations.

Getting started

To log-in you first need to enter the name of your institution. If you start typing in Goldsmiths it will appear in the box below for you to select. Once you have done this you will be presented with the Shibboleth log-in screen. Here you need to enter your I.T. username and password (the one that is on your Goldsmiths card).

The first time you log-in you will have to create an account. Do not worry we can not know what you are watching, so feel free to watch every episode of Made In Chelsea from the beginning. After you have created your account, you will only need to put in Goldsmiths and log-in in the future.

Video Tutorials

We could give you long explanations on here about how to do things, but thankfully BOB has some excellent video tutorials if you ever get stuck.

As BOB is used by so many institutions, there is a very good chance that most things will be recorded. As whatever you put on record somebody from Aberystwyth University can watch; and you can watch whatever somebody from Winchester University records!

If you have any questions just ask at the Enquiry Desk in the library, or email Kevin Wilson at Please also contact Kevin if you’re searching for television programmes that you can’t find on BoB, as we might be able to source it elsewhere.


2 thoughts on “An introduction to Box of Broadcasts

  1. Surely if you’re doing History for example, you can’t actually watch something like Made in Chelsea without losing your access? The website makes it sound like your use has to be directly linked to your course. Can you clarify?

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