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Have you met BoB?

24 November 2017

Watch TV via the University Library

BoB or Box of Broadcasts is our TV and radio database available to all staff and students for academic, and not so academic, purposes.

The Guide

BoB has two main parts, firstly it gives you access to the Guide where you can request recordings of all freeview TV and radio programmes. So, if you want to watch First Dates Abroad, The Karate Kid or Man v. Food you can request recordings of those programmes from the BoB Guide just by clicking "Request programme".

Box of Broadcasts TV guide screen

You can record programmes you’ve already missed within 30 days of broadcast and request items for the following week. Everything you record becomes available to all other users and vice versa, which means there are already thousands of TV and radio programmes and films ready to watch.

The Search

BoB’s search function allows you to instantly view recordings that have already been made. If you are looking for a film that has been on freeview TV then chances are you’ll find it in BoB.

The search works best if you filter results for title only:

Box of Broadcasts search feature

Other features

  • Playlists – create your own collection of programmes or try our Christmas Movies playlist to get you in the Christmas spirit
  • Clips – create short clips to add to your presentations
  • Transcripts – search through the transcript of programmes, great for analysis!
  • My BoB – all your recordings, clips and playlists saved in one place

Accessing BoB

Go to and search for Anglia Ruskin University as your institution. The first time you log in you need to submit your email address, a few details and follow the log in guidance. Once this is set up you'll just use your ARU username and password each time.

If you like BoB and find it useful, why not let us know how you've used it in our feedback blog?

Topics: Library resources