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MAY 19, 2011


CONNECTIONS™ to analyze next phase in Connected CE, including interactive features and cloud-based solutions

Parks Associates forecasts annual unit sales for connected TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and digital video players will grow to nearly 340 million by 2015

Parks Associates today announced connected CE will be a key focus at the upcoming CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase, June 28-30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. As this product category reaches a new development phase, with units sold worldwide exceeding 130 million in 2011, industry focus will shift to providing Internet-like experiences and cloud-based services to enhance device value and continue strong sales.

The CONNECTIONS™ session "Interactive Features for Connected Consumer Electronics," Wednesday, June 29 at 11:15 a.m., will feature executives from AwoX; Accedo Broadband; Allegro Software Development Corp.; LG Electronics; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; and SyncTV discussing strategies to develop and deploy these features for connected CE.

Parks Associates will present new research including consumer interest in new interactive features such as TV widgets/apps, content delivery and billing systems for video-on-demand, and transactional/ad-supported business models.

“The advent of connectivity on a host of retail-available CE brings new entertainment, communications, and functionality to this industry,” said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates, and session moderator. “This session highlights the need to build high-quality experiences associated with connected CE, the role of cloud media, and new business models to increase revenues.”

Session Speakers

Glenn Adler, Director Bus. Devt & Sales, AwoX, Inc.
Daniel Blackburn, VP, Mobile, LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company
John Gildred, President, SyncTV
Kurt Hoppe, Director, Smart TV Innovation and Alliances, LG Electronics
Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband
Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software Development Corporation

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsors IBM and Technicolor; Gold Sponsors Affinegy, Allegro, HCL, Radialpoint, and Rovi; Silver Sponsors AwoX; Hitachi; Independa; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; and PlumChoice; and Bronze Sponsors AlertMe, EchoStar, HomePNA, iTOK.NET, mgMEDIA, Minerva Networks, and RoxioNow.

Premier Program Members are HCL; IBM; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; PlumChoice; Radialpoint; Rovi; Sigma Designs; and Technicolor.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com or contact 972-490-1113, sales@parksassociates.com.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021 focused on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, home automation and entertainment solutions.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during virtual networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com