Streaming Media for Teaching

Find out how to make the most of Library streaming media resources in your teaching

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Box of Broadcasts is a streaming media resource available to staff and students at Lancaster. It offers access to thousands of videos and TV and radio programmes. Content from this service can be used in-class or shared with your students online.

The use of this service is compliant with the University's Educational Licensing Agency licence. Find out more about copying for teaching.

The first time you access Box of Broadcasts you will be asked to Sign In and then choose your institution. Search for and choose Lancaster University from the list of available institutions. You will then be able to sign in to BoB in future with your Lancaster University username and password. Once you are signed in you will have access to a My BoB area to save clips and playlists.

Creating clips in BoB

Want to share a short excerpt of a programme such as an interview or news feature? This video shows you how to create a clip and save it to your My BoB area.

How to make a clip using BoB

Creating Playlists in BoB

You can create playlists within BoB. These can be lists of programmes for your personal use, or to share with other people. (However, please note that only people with access to BoB will be able to see your Playlists). If you have created clips, these can also be added to a playlist

Requesting recordings from BoB

Box of Broadcasts contains millions of hours of video, available to watch instantly. You may sometimes find a programme that isn't immediately available, but you can make a request and you will be informed when it is available to watch.

This video shows you how to request a programme, either from the BoB archive or a programme which hasn't yet been broadcast. Programmes on the major channels such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc are recorded automatically and do not need to be requested.

Embedding BoB content in Moodle

Programmes, clips and playlists in BoB can be embedded in Moodle.

Download our step-by-step instructions:

BoB - Linking to BoB content from Moodle

What if the programme I want isn't available in BoB?

If the programme isn't available in BoB's database, we may still be able to request it for you from the BUFVC. Contact if you have any queries.

I'd like a physical copy of a programme from BoB, such as a DVD

Contact Likewise, if you would like us to purchase a DVD that isn't a part of our BoB collection, please contact us.

Further information about BoB

For more videos see the BUFVC website. Alternatively, contact if you need any help using Box of Broadcasts.


The Library has provided unlimited access to the Kanopy media streaming service since 2017. It offers access to an extensive and diverse collection of films, with licence purchase triggered automatically after a certain level of use of each title. However, this pricing model incurs large costs which are difficult to control, so from August 2020 we are moving to a mediated access model. This will allow us to continue to provide access to content for essential curriculum/teaching/research use, align Kanopy purchases with other acquisition practices and proactively manage our expenditure.

Mediated access to Kanopy

All users will continue to have access to licensed material, currently over 370 titles, until the licence expires, with material licensed for one or three years. All the titles are included in OneSearch or can be accessed directly on Kanopy. Academic staff will be able to search for and request additional titles via Kanopy; the request will be reviewed by the Library before licence purchase is activated. Please limit your requests to material that is essential for your teaching or research, indicating the module/research purpose for which it is needed on the Kanopy form, allowing at least three working days for us to process your request, and we will work with you to meet your needs. We will not process requests from students, directing them instead to Box of Broadcasts or freely available streaming services.