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Monetization strategies and emerging business models to push revenues from cloud-based value-added services to more than $8.5 billion by 2015

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES features Best Buy, Motorola, Comcast and other industry leaders

International research firm Parks Associates today announced the sessions and preliminary list of speakers for its upcoming CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, January 10 at 2012 International CES in Las Vegas.

Parks Associates will host CONNECTIONS™ Summit in the South Hall Convention Center, Rooms S204-S205, during the first day of CES. The sessions, moderated by the firm's analysts, feature groundbreaking research on connected devices and smart TVs, digital content, value-added and cloud services, new roles for service providers, and strategies for monetizing it all. Parks Associates forecasts worldwide revenues from operator-provided cloud-based value-added services will exceed $8.5 billion by 2015.

"The successes of connected CE and mobile devices announced at the last two CES events have pushed us into a new phase of connected CE diffusion – the rise of entertainment, communications, and lifestyle services attached to these products ," said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. "Nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households are using connected CE devices to watch movies at least weekly. CONNECTIONS™ Summit will feature consumer data and executive discussions on best strategies to build services and features leveraging this new demand for connectivity."

Preliminary list of speakers:

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, SVP Strategy & Communications, Orange; Chairman, UMTS Forum

Gary Brotman, Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Atheros

Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi Corporation

Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumers Electronics Industry, IBM

Andrew Grant, Senior Manager, Entertainment Industry Marketing, Akamai Technologies

Kurt Hoppe, Director, Smart TV Innovations and Alliances, LG Electronics

Fred King, COO, PlumChoice

Patrick McGinnis, Vice President of Exclusive Brands, Best Buy

Marty Roberts, VP of Sales & Marketing, thePlatform, a subsidiary of Comcast

Mitch Weinraub, VP, Product Development, Insight Communications

Michael Wexler, VP, Business Development and Product Strategy, Radialpoint

Dan Williams, Business Development, LEVEL Studios

Nate Williams, Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development, Motorola Mobility

Summit sessions:

Smart TV 2012 Outlook
Video: Three Screens and Beyond
Consumer Demand for Energy as a Service
Technical Support, Customer Service, and the Lifecycle in the Digital Home
The Personal Cloud and Digital Locker

CONNECTIONS™ Summit includes support from Premier Program Members, which include HCL; IBM; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; PlumChoice; Radialpoint; Rovi; Sigma Designs; and Technicolor.

During CES, visit Parks Associates in Booth # 20259 in the LVCC South Hall 1.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas.

The 2020 CONNECTIONS™ Summit features panels examining successful consumer-focused and channel strategies for IoT, smart home, and connected CE and health solutions. Leading analysts from host Parks Associates present consumer research and moderate expert discussions on crossover opportunities among these ecosystems, with insights on emerging trends, including AI, voice controls, and growing privacy concerns. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is THE place to be to learn about the smart home, get the latest consumer research, and network with strategic decision makers in this growing market.

The 2020 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 7 during CES, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The Summit concludes with a networking reception, sponsored by, on January 7. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit and at #CONNSummit20.

For information about CONNECTIONS™ Summit, contact or call 972-490-1113 or visit

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webinars, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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