SLOW-TV IS...

Also for @evak @bredee @angusisley. Long list alert. I've been meaning to do this for a while.
  1. Exactly what it sounds like. Hah!
    Bad joke aside, it's been used to describe a TV program that shows something in real time. Think of it as a long one-shot. The first time I heard of it was after the Norwegian documentary series "Minute by minute" was released in 2009. The first broadcast was about 7 hours long.
  2. That's the boring short answer, here's the rest:
  3. Slight Norwegian media background
    We have one (mainly) governmentally funded channel called NRK. They now have a few channels called NRK 1, NRK 2, etc. The thing that may be truly odd to Americans is there are no commercial breaks on this channel. Ever! That may allow them to do longer programming like the slow-TV series. P.S.: There are other channels that are privately owned with commercials, but who cares about them. They're not making slow-TV.
  4. Norwegian original content
    The Norwegian population is around 5 million people, so scripted TV in Norway is a little tricky. It's expensive to make and the audience for it isn't necessarily large enough to make a lot of money on it. It's a lot easier/safer to make reality shows, competition shows and special events. This may be generally true about TV shows, but it's important to note when the market is so small.
  5. Patriotism
    Another thing to understand is that Norwegians are very patriotic. You probably know a thing or two about what that means. #'MERICA! The thing is, most Norwegian TV channels schedule a lot of syndicated shows. Again, cheaper than making your own. I for one grew up on Step by Step, Full House and Fresh Prince. So in a sea of foreign content, a show that is authentically Norwegian will draw a lot of attention.
  6. The first Norwegian slow-TV broadcast was "Bergensbanen: minutt for minutt"
    Bergensbanen is the name of the train track between Oslo and Bergen. That's one side of the country to the other. Minutt means minute btw. The broadcast was 7 hours 16 minutes long, and remember no commercial breaks.
  7. So it's basically this shot for over 7 hours!!!!
    The are cameras to the sides and some times they show some history of the areas, but it's mainly this.
  8. Don't believe me?
    Check it out here: https://youtu.be/PMLYqWDOaPM
  9. Here's the crazy thing, it was a hit!
    And I mean a legitimate hit. Over 1.2 million people tuned in during the broadcast. So over 20 % of the population. I KNOW!!!!
  10. It gets weirder.
    Naturally NRK knew they were onto something and decided to make more of them. 12 programs have been made so far. They're mostly travel programs but there are exceptions. In 2014, for instance, they made a 60 hour broadcast where choirs from around the country sang 899 psalms.
  11. One of the broadcasts set a world record.
    In 2011, they made one for the cruise line called Hurtigruten. It lasted over 134 hours (again, straight and no commercials). I believe they used a lot more cameras on that one and even filmed in each city they docked in, but it was still the same concept. Here's a screen grab.
  12. It was an even bigger hit than Bergensbanen
    The average number of viewers were 180 thousand people. In total over 2.5 million people tuned in during the broadcast.
  13. In conclusion?
    Norwegians are weird. #sorrynotsorry