Off-Air Service

Have you ever missed recording a television programme you wanted to use in teaching? Our off-air service can help.


Higher and further education institutions that hold both an ERA licence and Learning on Screen membership can request copies of previously broadcast television and radio programmes from our off-air service. We can send you programmes on DVD or via digital file transfer - it's up to you.

This gives member institutions access to the 73,000 hours of UK broadcast television and radio we record each year, an archive that currently holds over 800,000 hours.

Copies of programmes can be requested using our extensive online broadcast listings database.

For more information, feel free to contact us:
Telephone: 020-3743-2389
Email: trilt@l‌‌‌‌


The service currently records London broadcasts of BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, More 4 (since June 2010), BBC Radio 4 (since September 2008) and BBC Radio 4 Extra (since September 2009). We recorded BBC Three from February 2003 until February 2016, when it ceased on-air broadcasting. Regional programming, unless also shown in London, is not available.


The small print

Third-party organisation in the mainland UK holding a letter of agreement with the ERA permitting the post-transmission supply of copies of broadcasts to UK higher and further education, under Section 35 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Please be advised that all programmes broadcast prior to the 1 April 2008 are classified as archive recordings, and as such can take up to five weeks for completion from the date the order was placed.

The service is not available to members of the general public.

More on the Off-Air Service

  • Questions

    If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Off-Air service.


  • FAQ

    Find answers to common questions about our off-air service for educational Television and Radio program access.

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