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.
Scandinavia's Slow TV Movement
Watch a 20-second sample of a Slow TV train ride. Now imagine watching it for seven hours...
Would You Watch Knitting In Real Time?
Anyone who complains about the fast-pace of today's world might find comfort in Slow TV.
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The Unexpected Effects Of Knitting
Watching hours of knitting on Slow TV might inspire you to pick up the needles yourself.