Slow TV Broadcasts Hours Of Mundane Activities, And People Love It

Brilliance | Dec. 09, 2017

Fast-paced, gripping thrillers make for must-watch television. But, perhaps, so does a 24-hour live broadcast of fishermen catching salmon. That's the premise behind Norway's Slow TV, a genre of television that shows mundane, slow-moving activities in real-time. Its debut broadcast showed the concept's promise: The first program, which aired in 2009, showed a seven-hour train ride and attracted one million viewers, which is roughly 20% of Norway's population.

Slow TV came to Netflix in August of 2016, so now viewers beyond Scandinavia and Europe can enjoy the calming streams. Beyond the fishermen broadcast, Slow TV has also captured a 135-hour Norwegian cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes, and 14 hours of birds in a cafe, and a marathon night of knitting. Watch a Slow TV sample in the video below, and learn more about the genre.

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