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JUNE 9, 2011


Industry leaders to address Smart TV, Digital Content, and Value-added Services at CONNECTIONS™

Executives from Alcatel-Lucent, TiVo, Microsoft, Real Networks, IBM, VIZIO, Yahoo!, and IBM participating at Digital Living Conference

Parks Associates today announced the main sessions for CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, including key sessions focused on connected TVs, digital media, and the cloud. Executives from leading service and technology providers will examine consumer research and industry trends impacting revenues for entertainment, mobile communications, home management, consumer electronics, and new content distribution models.

CONNECTIONS™, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates on June 28-30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, offers a unique mix of market research, trending data, industry insight, and discussion of the current strategies and future challenges in providing connectivity and technology services for consumers.

"Our main sessions tackle the biggest issues facing the digital living markets, including the move to the cloud and the impact of connected and mobile CE," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "In the U.S., operators are subsidizing multiscreen services as a way to retain existing subscribers, despite evidence that up to 30% of U.S. broadband households would be willing to pay for these services on an Internet-connected device. We will explore the new revenue opportunities created by new technologies and evolving consumer attitudes."

Main Sessions at CONNECTIONS™

The Smart TV Ecosystem
Disruptive Technology in Action
Who is Monetizing Digital Media?
How do Service Providers Maximize the Connected Home?

Participating Executives

Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM
Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi
Jim Denney, VP & GM Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.
Jim Funk, VP, Business Development, Roku
Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff
Benoit Joly, Senior VP, Operational Marketing, Technicolor
Jay Kenny, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com
José Piñero, Senior Director, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft
Russ Schafer, Senior Director, Global Product Marketing, Connected TV, Yahoo!
Pete Schwartz, Senior Director Product Management, VIZIO
Hank Skorny, SVP & CSO, RealNetworks
David Stevenson, VP & GM Motive Product Division, Alcatel-Lucent
Nick Troiano, President, BlackArrow

CONNECTIONS™ keynote speakers include executives from AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, Fox Networks, Motorola Mobility, and Verizon Telecom.

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; PlumChoice; Zonoff; and the Z-Wave Alliance; Bronze Sponsors AlertMe, EchoStar, HomePNA, iTOK.NET, Minerva Networks, and RoxioNow; and Break Sponsor Firstsource.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, visit www.connectionsus.com.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will feature multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021. The CONNECTIONS™ Community includes more than 1,300 senior executives from the smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation industries.

CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions focused on technology innovations, consumer research on adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis of industry trends in the smart home markets.

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