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Tricolor TV subs to get branded tablet

13 november 2014

Russia’s GS Group and Tricolor TV have developed the first tablet device designed for viewing satellite television, which will be bundled with select HD set-top boxes.

The GS700 Android tablet features preinstalled specialised software that allows subscribers from Tricolor TV, the largest Russian satellite operator, to have television viewing access from anywhere in their household via WiFi reception. The device includes pre-installed apps that allow the user to view and control their satellite TV, including Play.Tricolor, Kino.Tricolor and Guide.Tricolor.

The tablet operates as an independent screen in conjunction with a set of two General Satellite digital HD set-top boxes, the GS E501 and the GS S591. According to GS Group, this provides the viewer with the opportunity to have access to different content on two TVs simultaneously by using one smart card. The device is also compatible with the GS U510, GS E212 and GS B211 receivers and acts as a mobile remote control.

The companies said this technological solution is the next step toward implementing the concept of global satellite TV that in the future will be available for viewing anywhere in the world using mobile devices. The tablet aims at simplifying subscriber’s consumption experience and making it more interactive. It shows how satellite companies can innovate to keep pace with the new multi-screen environment.

The 7-inch tablet is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is equipped with a quad-core processor MediaTek MT8127.

The first batch of electronic devices will be included in a set of two digital HD set-top boxes, the GS E501 and the GS S591. The tablet GS700 will also hit retail networks and will be available for purchase on the online store, Cyberry.

In separate news, telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has teamed with with Sistema Mass Media to launch satellite TV services under the MTS brand throughout Russia. MTS will offer satellite TV subscribers 160 TV channels, including 30 in HD, available in six languages and access to a variety of value-added services, including delayed viewing, pausing, video-on-demand, an interactive TV-guide, weather forecasts, maps, currency rates information using MTS SIM card integrated in a set-top-box.

MTS satellite TV will be broadcast using the ABS-2 satellite throughout 95% of the territory of Russia in the DV2-S2 standard.

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