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Optibase Introduces H.264 Video codec in a Carrier Grade Solution; MGW IPTV Family Will Provide Seamless Migration Path.



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & HERZLIYA, Israel -- Optibase, Ltd. (Nasdaq:OBAS OBAS Ofotbanen AS (Norwegian)
OBAS Optical Bench Alignment System
OBAS On-Board ATM-Switched (communication satellite protocol type) 
) a leading provider of advanced digital video solutions today announced that it will demonstrate H.264 encoding support within its carrier grade TV streaming solution at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. , April 18-21, 2005 in Booth #SL 343.

H.264, also known as MPEG-4 part 10 AVC (1) (Advanced Video Coding) The video compression techniques used in the H.264 standard, jointly developed by ISO and the ITU-T. See H.264.

(2) (Audio Visual C
 (Advanced Video Coding See H.264.

Advanced Video Coding - H.264
), is a video compression Encoding digital video to take up less storage space and transmission bandwidth. See video codec and data compression.

video compression - Compression of sequences of images.
 standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors and is aimed at overcoming network bandwidth limitations. The H.264 standard can provide DVD-quality video at less than 1.5 Mbps, and is considered promising for full-motion video over cable, satellite, and ADSL See DSL.

ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
.

"We believe that the H.264 standard will be adopted widely as the new IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) Also called "TV over IP," IPTV delivers scheduled TV programs and video-on-demand (VOD) via the IP protocol and digital streaming techniques used to watch video on the Internet.  broadcast-quality standard, eventually replacing MPEG-2," said Uzi Breier, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Optibase. "Over the past several months we have integrated advanced H.264 encoding support into our flagship carrier grade products, MGW MGW Media Gateway (3GPP)
MGW Maximum Gross Weight
MGW Morgantown, WV, USA - Morgantown Municipal Airport (Airport Code)
MGW Mission Gross Weight (aviation) 
 5100 and MGW 1100, and are proud to demonstrate high quality encoding at NAB."

"Telcos and Service Providers who have successfully deployed Optibase's MGW 1100 or MGW 5100 for IPTV, will be able to seamlessly migrate from MPEG-2 to the MPEG-4 H.264 format. Using the very same MGW 5100 and MGW 1100 architecture and management solutions, Optibase's customers will have the ability to carry out analog or digital H.264 encoding and transcoding, from high bit-rate DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) An international digital television (DTV) standard that is the European and Far Eastern counterpart of the North American ATSC standard.  MPEG-2 directly to MPEG-4 H.264, resulting in high-quality low bit rate TV streaming. In the race to offset threats by cable and wireless operators, Optibase solutions facilitate the lower storage and bandwidth requirements that will enable telecom operators to broaden their reach to larger numbers of subscribers and offer extended IPTV services."

For additional information about MGW 5100, MGW 1100 and Optibase, please visit our website at http://www.optibase.com/html/solutions/carrierclass.html or send an email to info@optibase.com.

About Optibase

Optibase, Ltd. (Nasdaq:OBAS) provides professional editing, compositing, encoding, decoding, video server upload and streaming solutions for telecom operators, service providers, broadcasters and content creators. The company's platforms enable the creation, broadband streaming and playback of high quality digital video. Optibase's breadth of product offerings are used in applications, such as: video over DSL/Fiber networks, post production for the broadcast and cables industries, archiving; high-end surveillance, distance learning; and business television. Headquartered in Israel, Optibase operates through its fully owned subsidiary in Mountain View, California For the census-designated place, see Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California. For other places called "Mountain View", see .
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. The city gets its name from the views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
 and offices in Massachusetts, Europe, Japan, China and Singapore. Optibase products are marketed in over 40 countries through a combination of direct sales, independent distributors, system integrators and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  partners. For further information, please visit www.optibase.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning our marketing and operations plans. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, risks related to the evolving market for digital video in general and the infancy of the IPTV market in particular, competition, our ability to manage growth and expansion, general economic conditions and other risk factors. We cannot assure you that the industry and our customers will adopt the H.264 standard. The digital video and streaming market is characterized by rapid technological changes and multiple evolving standards. In addition, we cannot assure you that products or technologies developed by others will not render our products or technologies non-competitive or obsolete. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements in this news release, please refer to Optibase's most recent annual report on Form 20-F. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made herein.
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