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Box of Broadcasts – University of Reading

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Box of Broadcasts


Record and view TV and radio programmes from over 75 free-to-air channels and access an archive of over 2 million programmes from the 1990s to the present day.

Includes content from;

  • BBC TV and radio
  • ITV
  • Channel 4
  • Film4
  • Sky Arts
  • 10 foreign language channels (Italian, French and German)
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive content dating back to the 1950s

Use tools within BoB to create innovative and engaging learning materials to support teaching and learning;

  • Create playlists, clips and clip compilations
  • Embed content in BlackBoard and use in lectures
  • Find programmes and clips on your topic by searching across programme transcripts and subtitles

Help & guidance

BoB video tutorials - including videos on using embed codes and using BoB videos in PowerPoint

Have a look at the BoB Frequently Asked Questions

Recommended browsers for BoB are Internet Explorer 11, Edge 12, Mozilla Firefox 44, Safari 8, Google Chrome 48 - or later versions of any of these browsers.

How to embed BoB videos in BlackBoard [PDF] 

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for additional advice on using this resource 

How you may use the content


  • lecture presentations
  • blackboard
  • create clips
  • embed in student coursework - provided it is within BlackBoard

Tip! Acknowledge the source and title of the programme and the ERA licensing scheme - see text under each video on BoB.

Not permitted

  • using BoB from outside the UK
  • downloading or copying the videos - they are for streaming only
  • publicly available websites
  • public display in University
  • any alteration, adaption or modification of the video or audio (except creating clips)
  • promotional materials

EndNote Info

Exporting to EndNote is not supported. What is EndNote?

Tip! Each clip has a citation which you can copy.

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