Monday, 3 November 2008

Box of Broadcasts [BoB]

Bournemouth University now has access to the new version of Box of Broadcasts [BoB]. The original version which went off line in September was created by Bournemouth University's our own CEMP. The new service has been scaled up to a national service by BUFVC for those who hold an ERA Plus Licence.


BoB records programmes from the Freeview signal. You can schedule recordings up to 7 days in advance using an Electronic Programme Guide [EPG] and record programmes broadcast in the previous 7 days (BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, News 24, Parliament, Radio 3, Radio 4, and Five Live only). To use BoB you need to register to create an individual account form the BoB home page. BoB can be accessed off campus.

BoB has a number of additional features. You can create playlists to share with other users and clips from recorded programmes. BoB is only accessible within the UK. Programmes are streamed but cannot be downloaded, however, you can link to programmes or clips using a hyperlink. You have to be a registered user to access.

For colleagues using moving image in research (Jackson 2005), BoB answers a number of challenges, in particular how to record, store and access television for research projects, especially news. BBC News24 is available on the 7 day buffer and the Library will ensure that two main news broadcasts on BBC 1 and ITV are recorded each day.

Links
Box of Broadcasts [BOB]
Box of Broadcasts licence agreement
Box of Broadcasts User Guide
Educational Recording Agency [ERA] Plus Licence
Centre for Excellence in Media Practice CEMP
British Universities Film & Video Council BUFVC

Reference
Jackson, D., 2005. Using off-air recordings in media research: issues and challenges. Viewfinder (60), 13.

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