Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service.

There have recently been some major improvements to the Box of Broadcasts viewing and recording service for television and radio programmes:

  • A more modern and user-friendly interface
  • BoB videos can now be linked to seamlessly from PowerPoint presentations
  • Can now record programmes which aired 30 days before the current date
  • Can request 800,000 programmes from the BBC archive going back as far as mid-2007
  • Now includes some satellite and foreign language channels

BoB can be accessed from the Databases link in SOLAR and there is a guide to using BoB.

If you would like a recording to be made for future use, please see our Box of Broadcasts user guide for information on how to access and record programmes.

If you would like to request a copy that has been broadcast previously, please carry out the following steps:

  1. Check our existing recordings to ensure that we don’t already have a copy
  2. Check BoB to see if the recording is available from the archive

If the recording is not available on BoB or from our existing off air recordings, we may be able to provide it for you. Please contact: us at

In the box marked Where are you from? type Salford and select the Shib test. Log in using your Network username and password.

To view a recording that has been made by the University of Salford previously, check SOLAR. If it is available online, you will be able to view it on campus only. We hope that this service will soon be available off campus.

Please note that due to licence restrictions, you are only able to view these recordings within the UK.