The service acts as an all-round and on-demand TiVo like system, where anyone with a subscribing UK university username and password can access a shared schedule and record any free-to-air programme, while allowing anyone else to view it afterwards. Imagine it like TiVo except it's web based and shared, so anything you record can be watched by anyone else and you can watch what has been recorded by another student.
Oh, did I not mention that it's totally free to subscribing universities?
Not only can you access free-to-air television channels, such as the BBC main four channels, but also Freeview which includes digital channels such as Russia Today, Fiver, Sky News and CNN, but also a wide variety of radio stations, totally up to fifty different television and radio channels.
This service is not only useful for students who want to unwind with a relaxing (or academically appropriate) television programme, but can also be used in lectures instead of finding and splicing YouTube videos. With the built-in clip editor, you can select a piece of a programme which is relevant to the lecture or presentation and hotlink to it, or embed it directly.