24 Feb 2014

GS Group is sole satellite STB manufacturer in Russia — research

GS Group is sole satellite STB manufacturer in Russia — research

GS Group, investment and industry holding, is the only company producing satellite set-top boxes in Russia, Discovery Research Group reports in a recent study.

“According to the official statistics, in Russia receivers and decoders of satellite TV are manufactured only in the Kaliningrad region, is where GS Group production facilities are located”, write the authors of the research that analyzes the Russian market of satellite dishes and set-top boxes. “In 2013, the company announced the expansion of production capacity in Russia to meet the demand both in the Russian and foreign market. The holding produces equipment on the basis of “Technopolis GS” innovation cluster.

All digital satellite set-top boxes produced by GS Group holding under the General Satellite brand correspond to actual market trends, which the research by Discovery Research Group has revealed. Among the major trends in the market the agency list the increasing demand for set-top boxes that support HD-format, a gradual decrease of STB size, growing popularity of hybrid devices that can provide other services along with TV, i.e. radio, the Internet, as well as an integrated hard disk for recording programs.

Currently, all the devices of the General Satellite updated product family, including digital satellite and digital terrestrial STB, such as GS 6301, GS U510, B210 and other models support high-definition channels (HD), provide a full range of VAS necessary for digital TV (subtitles, teletext , EPG, etc.), can play media content from external data storage devices. Many models of digital satellite STB like, for example, U210 support recording SD and HDTV programs in a protected format (PVR), TimeShift mode – the function of referred viewing with the ability to rewind a live broadcast. General Satellite set-top boxes are equipped with handy user graphical interface that can be customized according to user preferences, have ergonomic frame design.

“The quality and high technological level of our new R&D achievements and digital TV set-top boxes produced on their basis prove that in Russia today there are companies that are able to develop high-tech electronic equipment that complies with the world standards”, said Andrey Bezrukov, acting Director for Strategic Marketing, GS Group holding. “By producing modern and highly demanded mass products that win more and more popularity among users each year, GS Group holding intends to continue strengthening the image of Russia as a country that successfully and efficiently develops its own high technology for the benefit of the society”.

Discovery Research Group notes the trend of annual growth of STB and satellite TV decoders production output in Russia. According to the agency experts, the volume of the Russian satellite set-top boxes market is estimated as 6.5 million units by the end of 2013. As compared to that of the previous year, the market volume increased by 6%, the share of imported products amounts to almost 50% of the Russian market of satellite STB, the study notes.

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