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Optibase Bridges Digital Video and High Speed Networks

MediaGateway Technology Creates New Opportunities for Service Providers and Broadcasters (September 18, 2001)
Optibase conducted its European launch of the MGW 3100, an MPEG-2 DVB to MPEG-2 over IP gateway system, at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

The MGW 3100 bridges the gap between digital video and high-speed data networks, creating new opportunities for operators and service providers and enabling them to take advantage of high-bandwidth data networks to deliver video and TV services. It also enables broadcasters to deliver real-time broadcast TV from remote sites at a fraction of the cost of satellite transmission. This latest release of the MGW 3100 includes SNMP compliant interface, multicasting capabilities and Variable Bit Rate to Constant Bit Rate conversion.


Optibase also showcased its flagship product, the MGW 2000. The MGW 2000 is a rack-mounted, multi-channel streaming server, designed to address applications such as TV over IP, business TV, distance learning and video-over-DSL. Demonstrating these Consumer and Corporate applications, Optibase has teamed up with iMagicTV, an end-to-end software solution provider for interactive services and with enterprise streaming software vendor 2netFX.

iMagicTV demonstrated an end-to-end video over IP streaming solution that integrates iMagicTV's streaming management solutions and Optibase's MGW 2000. The MGW 2000 is the streaming engine for iMagicTV's DTV Manager -- an open platform that supports the delivery of a range of services including broadband television, Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View. At the end-point, the stream was decoded via set-top-boxes by Pace and V@box, developers of digital set-top boxes that enable the delivery of converged digital services to the home.

Commenting on the ongoing cooperation between Optibase and iMagicTV, John Rand, Senior Director, European Operations, iMagicTV said: "Optibase's MGW 2000 media gateway together with iMagicTV's DTV Manager enable us to stream broadcast quality digital video over IP networks to our customers. This capability is a core element of the added value broadband streaming services such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view, which we offer."

William Reed, Vice President of Business Development at 2netFX, said that, "The combination of ThundercastIP's video server functions along with Optibase's MGW 2000's encoding and streaming capabilities allows for video to be streamed to up to virtually unlimited number of users simultaneously via an IP multicast. This is a valuable feature for the enterprise market."

About Optibase
Optibase, Ltd. provides products that enable the preparation and delivery of MPEG-based digital media over broadband networks. For more information, please visit optibase.com.

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Related Keywords:DTV Professional, Digital Media Net, Optibase, MGW 3100, MPEG-2 DVB to MPEG-2 over IP gateway system, International Broadcasting Convention, IBC2001

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