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    British Airways Now Showing ‘Slow TV’

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    British Airways is beefing up its entertainment offerings on some flights, and will soon be giving passengers a ‘Slow TV’ option.

    British Airways is beefing up its entertainment offerings on some flights, and will soon be giving passengers a ‘Slow TV’ option.

    It’s a 7-hour film of a train traveling from Bergen to Oslo, Norway. The parts where the train is moving through tunnels are filled with interviews and stock footage.

    The airline’s entertainment manager believes it will be perfect for passengers who would rather lull themselves into a semi-hypnotic state than watch a conventional movie.

    He also said it is ideal for those who tend to watch the plane-locating map for the bulk of their flight.

    British Airways is also thinking about adding other ‘Slow TV’ offerings to their lineup.

    There are many to choose from.

    The genre has been big in Norway since 2009, the year of the original train travel broadcast.

    About a million people tuned in for that one, so the station has since made a few more, all of which have proven popular.

    Among them are sweater knitting, salmon fishing, and a 13 hundred mile cruise ship journey.

    "It's just a boat on a fjord but Norwegian television broadcast this live for six days." [BBC]

    Many have attracted record numbers of viewers for the Norwegian station that broadcasts them.