Review: The Digg Reel

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The Digg Reel is the latest video podcast to come from Web-only network Revision3. After the runaway success of their flagship show Diggnation, they have released many followups. Their shows have seen varying degrees of success, but at the end of the day Diggnation remains their biggest money spinner. So Revision3 have done what any network in their situation would have: return to the well and produce another digg.com spin-off.

Hosted by one of the many Tech TV casualties Jessica Corbin, The Digg Reel presents the top rated videos of the week, as voted on by users of digg.com. In this respect it’s much like the Best of YouTube podcast, but the two differ in presentation and target audience.

The Digg Reel presents multiple videos in one episode, and the production values are much higher. Being Rev3, The Digg Reel comes from the perspective of people into technology. That’s not to say people who aren’t into tech won’t like The Digg Reel, but the entertainment value will definitely suffer if you’re not.

Corbin herself is energetic and in my opinion a good presenter, but juding by the comments left on iTunes and Digg, she rubs more than a few people up the wrong way. I can see why this is — there are always a few cringe-worthy moments where Corbin delivers a joke that doesn’t land, and there is a lot of fluff around each video which can leave you rolling your eyes waiting for the next clip to start. The show sometimes feels over-produced and the writing can be cheesy, reminiscent of between-clip monologues you see on [insert country here]‘s Funniest Home Video Show.

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Ratings for The Digg Reel
7/10 Entertainment value
I’m not sure who the target audience for this podcast is. On the one hand, it appears to be trying to appeal to a broad audience, but on the other the content is often aimed at the tech crowd. This isn’t entirely their fault, as they are at the mercy of the most dugg videos of the week, but it does mean entertainment value will vary.
6.5/10 Quality of content
Given The Digg Reel does not create much of the content, I wouldn’t feel right giving them too high a score in this category. They do, however, add extras to the show in the form of funny or insightful viewer comments and information relating to a particular video.
9/10 Production quality
Generally well produced with a compelling and easily understood structure. Given most videos are taken from YouTube and the like, the quality of the clips presented can be extremely poor, but I won’t hold that against them.
6.5/10 Overall
The Digg Reel may please those interested in technology, but could be hit and miss for those that aren’t. I feel most people will get something out of it regardless of their taste, so long as you can get past the cheesy jokes between videos.
At the end of the day, though, this is a clip show that rides the coattails of other people’s work. This is a format we’ve seen many TV networks try over the years and it rarely lasts very long. The Digg Reel has more substance than most of the shows with the addition of user comments, but not much.
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One Comment

  1. Posted May 30, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed The Digg Reel, shame to see Revision3 cancel the show


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