Planet eStream Connect is both a service and a community.

Access to Educational Resources

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Content is king, but only if the content is of a high standard and fit for purpose! With the Planet eStream Connect service, you can browse and add content from the BBC Digital and the BBC Shakespeare Archives as well as the freeview archives of every other Planet eStream Connect user. This powerful and educationally relevant content is available at the click of a button to add to your media library.

Please note all features advertised on this page are available to UK clients only.

Connecting you to a Library of Fantastic Educational Resources

The Planet eStream Connect service provides Planet eStream users with free* access to several libraries of fantastic educational content to support their teaching and learning. These resources can be browsed, searched, downloaded to your Planet eStream system and made available as part of your media library. Educators can then make use of the great tools available in Planet eStream to create curriculum relevant learning resources such as interactive quizzes, chapters and playlists. Here is an overview of the content available to qualifying Planet eStream customers…

Access to the BBC Digital Archive

Comprising over a million TV and radio programmes from the entire BBC Digital Archive covering all broadcast material dating back to 2007. The archive is also currently being backfilled by the BBC with a selection of content dating back to 1989 and, of course, updated on an ongoing basis with all ongoing programming.

Access to the BBC Digital Archive

BBC Shakespeare Archive

This great resource includes over 650 items from the BBC Shakespeare Archive such as plays, sonnets and documentaries dating back to the 1950s, an excellent resource for English Literature educators.

BBC Shakespeare Archive

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Our Journey with the BBC RES Project

The BBC Research and Education Space (RES) Project is a platform built by the BBC that indexes and organises the digital archives from libraries, museums, broadcasters, and galleries to make their content more discoverable, accessible and usable to those in UK education and research.

As part of our ongoing commitment to development, we have been working closely with the RES team at the BBC to provide integrations with RES. For more information please see the following RES Blog.

Currently, users can create image galleries powered by RES, and also search for images and include these as related media items in Planet eStream.

John Jackson, Technical Services Director at Planet eStream, shared his experiences of the journey so far and the next planned phases of development. Click here to read more

Our Journey with RES

Quick Look - RES Powered Galleries

Watch our short promotional video on our integration with the BBC RES project to create RES powered galleries and related media.


"I teach English and, as soon as Planet eStream Connect was launched I started to make use of it in my teaching. It’s the most exciting resource I have used since I started teaching 18 years ago. " John Field, Director of Digital Learning, Tudor Hall School

"The biggest curriculum area to have benefitted from the service is the animal management department. As the BBC have a huge collection of wildlife and animal programs (all accurate and high quality), the staff in Animal management have been requesting large amounts of programs to be used within the classroom for examples, as well as whole TV shows to be used in conjunction with blended learning, enabling our learners to work both independently and collaboratively outside of the classroom. Planet eStream Connect is a fantastic resource. The most important elements are the speed and ease of access, and the guaranteed quality that the BBC delivers. " Ben Craig, e-Learning Coordinator, Reaseheath College

"As staff begin preparing online sessions for our students, we now have the BBC’s Digital Archive available to provide the highest quality multimedia content, which supports the new learning activities that are being created. Out teaching staff have been relieved to be able to source such good quality resources, and make them available to students so easily. Planet eStream Connect has taken a lot of pressure off staff, some of which are creating online learning for the first time, as they build new learning experiences for our students. Our Students are appreciating the high quality content that their online learning experiences are built around, and this is evidenced in the attendance to sessions and level of engagement whilst they are studying online, and we fully expect this to be borne out in the Student Voice feedback that we collect at the end of the year. " Neil Prior, Head of Digital Education, Berkshire College of Agriculture

Freeview Recording Library

As part of the Planet eStream Connect Service, we also offer a TV and radio recording service via our cloud based Freeview Scheduler. Using this service, you can quickly and easily build up a library of great Freeview programmes from all DVB-T channels to support your educators.

Quickly and Easily build up a library of great Freeview programmes with Planet eStream

"I am currently working on a group of modules on our VLE that are relevant to all of the students within Doncaster College and the local community. I have been using Planet eStream Connect to search for shows shot in Doncaster, making them more relevant to the students, who are more invested in the content because they recognise the locations and people. " Joe Carratt, Learning Technology Support Assistant, Doncaster College

Freeview Sharing

The Planet eStream Connect Service aggregates all Freeview TV and radio broadcasts ever recorded by members of the Connect community dating back over a decade. There are currently over 2,000 educational organisations using Planet eStream to enhance their digital learning provision ranging from Secondary right through to higher education. The ability to access such a comprehensive and diverse pool of educationally rich broadcast content provides a fantastic resource for your educators.

The Planet eStream user base Freeview archives, alongside the BBC Digital archive offers one of the largest Freeview TV archives available to educators in the UK.

Freeview Sharing in Planet eStream COnnect

Collections and Curated Content

The amount of content available via Planet eStream Connect is vast, to assist all users, this content is self-curating and all Connect service users have the option to leave comments to help guide others. Collections are automatically generated for certain program series, but there will also be specific published collections ongoing created from collated programs specific to a subject area.

Collections and curated content

"I'm really pleased we have this facility. It gives students of MFL a really rich resource which will help them in so many ways. The variety and quantity of programmes and films now easily available to all students, wherever they may be, will have a huge impact on their study of languages. Their listening and speaking skills will be developed and their awareness and understanding of many cultural and historical elements will also benefit. Not to mention the entertainment and enjoyment they will derive from watching some superb material. " Linda, Modern Foreign Languages Department, Coleg Cambria

*Free access to the Planet eStream Connect Service requires a valid Planet eStream licence that includes the Freeview Scheduling hardware for locally hosted systems or access to the Freeview Scheduler on our Cloud Platform for hosted systems.

Use of the Planet eStream Connect Service is subject to your organisation having a fully paid up current ERA Licence. Details on ERA Licensing can be found via the following links;

http://www.era.org.uk/licence-updates/era-updates-schedule-terms-era-licences-reflect-new-member
http://www.era.org.uk/the-licence/details-rates/rates-agreements