Russia’s GS Group has launched its first hybrid set-top box.

Known as the GS E212, it has been specifically developed for the DTH service Tricolor TV and allows for the reception of DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T2 signals.

The GS E212 employs technology supplied by STMicroelectronics, a GS Group partner, and GS Nanotech, a GS Group subsidiary.

Commenting on the receiver, Andrew Bezrukov, director for strategic marketing, GS Group, said: “The GS E212 set-top box was designed with due regard for broadcasting digitisation objectives in Russia and, in our opinion, will be in high demand by the consumer. It allows users to significantly save on their purchase of receiving equipment and to receive additionally to their satellite operator HD-channels all free-to-air terrestrial content broadcasted within the region with digital quality and supporting HD format. It will also save the customer from the need to use additional devices for receiving various types of signals”.

A 100,000 units batch of the GS E212 will be available for retail sale by the end of this autumn.