By Jessica Gramp, on 3 August 2016
UCL staff and students have access to audio and video content from free-to-air TV and radio channels through UCL’s Box of Broadcasts subscription. Staff can also make clips and embed this media into their Moodle courses without worrying about infringing copyright. And unlike YouTube, the clip will remain indefinitely.
On 1 August 2016 the new Box of Broadcasts (BoB) went live with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities. The search now returns ordered results in a much easier to follow format.
From September, BoB will deliver a whole host of improvements:
- A platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices.
- More powerful searching capabilities (using TRILT metadata).
- Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of content from nine channels:
- BBC1 London.
- BBC2 .
- ITV London.
- Channel 4.
- Channel 5.
- BBC Radio 4.
- BBC Radio 4 Extra.
- Better thumbnail previews on search results.
- Preview clips before saving.
- Label your own clips.
- Personalised email alerts when programmes are ready to view.
- More detailed citation data.
Limited content and functionality during upgrade period
Throughout August some of BoB archive content and some functionality won’t be available during the upgrade period.
On 1 August you won’t be able to access your saved clips and playlists, but don’t worry these will be accessible again in September. Also, you may not be able to access some archive content broadcast before 1 July 2016. There will be some programmes in the archive available before this date but not everything. The archive content and enhanced functionality will be restored in September, along with all the exciting new features. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.
Find out more
You can now find Box of Broadcasts on their new Twitter handle @OnDemandBoB. All followers and previous tweets will stay attached to the new handle, so if you’re following us you don’t need to do anything. Just make sure you tag @OnDemandBoB in your BoB tweets, as the old handle will no longer be active.
To promote the BoB upgrade to staff and students here’s a short video highlighting all the exciting improvements.
Check out the new Box of Broadcasts
The new link to BoB is learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand.
However, bobnational.net will redirect here so you can still use that.