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JUNE 21, 2011


CONNECTIONS™ to examine roles of content and service providers as digital technologies create new consumer lifestyle experiences

Executive conference features keynotes from Verizon Telecom and Starz

Parks Associates today announced two keynote speakers, representing Verizon Telecom and Starz, for the CONNECTIONS™ Conference, being held next week at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The international research firm will host the Digital Living Conference and Showcase, featuring new consumer research on cloud media and connected CE and an agenda with over 100 executives on June 28-30.

"Consumer demand for new connected experiences is so strong many are taking a DIY approach, with 14% of U.S. broadband households using PC-to-TV connections to watch online video," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "Content and service providers have an inside track to this market as consumers demand premium content and ubiquitous access in and outside the home. Starz and Verizon are both significant players in area, offering valuable insight to CONNECTIONS™ attendees."

John B. Penney, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Starz, LLC, will deliver the keynote "Opportunities and Challenges For The Dream Factory: Creating High-Quality TV Content For Digital Consumers" at 9 a.m., June 29. Mr. Penney will focus on the challenges for content providers as customer expectations increase as well as strategies to leverage demand for premium video to create new consumer experiences.

Eric J. Bruno, Vice President, Product Management, Verizon Telecom, will deliver the keynote "Consumer Ecosystem Innovation" at 9 a.m., June 30. Mr. Bruno will focus on the changing role of service providers within the connected home, including the innovative new digital consumer products Verizon is developing to connect with its customers.

Other CONNECTIONS™ Keynote Speakers are Glenn Lurie, President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, presenting "New Connections for a Digital Life," and David Grubb III, VP, Architecture & Strategy, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility, presenting "Converged Experiences."

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 Sponsors Firstsource and Qresolve.

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

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. The event provides a day of pre-show research workshops highlighting Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis and two days of conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, forecasts for new products and services, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

The event provides executive networking opportunities and insights from industry leaders on entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

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

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates 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 webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers.

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