Slow television derives from a concept by artist Andy Warhol’s 1963 film Sleep, which showed poet John Giorno sleeping for five hours and twenty minutes.The concept was adapted to local TV broadcast in 1966 by WPIX, to VHS video tape in 1984 by the British company Video125, to satellite TV in 2003 by Bahn TV, and to live TV in 2011 by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). The latest evolution of the concept started with the NRK’s coverage of the longest driver’s eye view at that time, showing the complete 7-hour train ride along the Bergen Line (Norwegian: Bergensbanen) on 27 November 2009. It was followed by the live coverage of the Hurtigruten ship MS Nordnorge during its 134-hour voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes starting on 16 June 2011. Both events received extensive attention in both Norwegian and foreign media, and were considered a great success with coverage numbers exceeding all expectations and record ratings for the NRK2 channel.
The Bergen Line to Oslo minute by minute is one of typical exemple of Slow TV.