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Mefeedia Launches Video News Channel

Posted on 5.28.2008
Web video search and aggregator Mefeedia has launched a news service. They claim to include over 500 news sources worldwide to provide a nice, one-stop shop for video news clips. Some sources include ABC News, MSNBC, FOX News, CNN, Reuters, 60 Minutes, BusinessWeek, TMZ and Nightline among many others. There are also news podcasts and blogs and vlogs.

To access the news channels, click the small "news" link above the search bar. You can then search or select within categories like World, US, Business, Politics, Sports, Technology and more. You can also see local news clips through a drop-down menu. Oddly, the local news menu includes cities like Baton Rouge, Elmira and Syracuse but not New York or Chicago. Perhaps there's just no worthy news clips from those cities today?

On the surface, the news channel looks like it would be highly useful. It would be nice to get a host of video news clips without the need to visit several different websites. But there are some problems. For example, there were two major train accidents recently. One in Chicago yesterday and one outside of Boston. Use the search bar for "train accidents" and you're presented with options to subscribe to shows like the "A-Train Hockey Vlog," and "RUNAMUK," which apparently is about training frisbee dogs. A click on the "Sports" category reveals nothing but NBA videos over the past several days - even though the NHL is currently playing the Stanley Cup Finals and it's baseball season.

On the upside, the "Top Stories" categories features a few nice videos, including AP Top Stories and that Boston train accident mentioned earlier. This is a new service, so hopefully improvements will be made sooner than later.

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