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MARCH 8, 2012


Parks Associates announces CONNECTIONS™ at TIA conference agenda and AT&T keynote

Research firm and leading executives address market growth of connected devices and services at international digital living conference

Parks Associates today announced the conference sessions and opening keynote for the CONNECTIONS™ at TIA 2012 Conference, the leading event for service providers, device manufacturers, and advanced technology companies working on solutions for the connected consumer. CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase, co-located with TIA 2012: Inside the Network Conference and Exhibition, takes places June 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of AT&T Digital Life for AT&T Services, will present the opening conference keynote on Tuesday, June 5.

CONNECTIONS™ at TIA will feature over 100 executives speaking about monetization and content distribution strategies, customer support, second-screen services, and other trends impacting the connected home industries and changing the ways consumers access content. Currently 42% of U.S. consumers with media tablets use their devices to check listings while watching television, and nearly one-third of consumers in U.S. broadband households have streamed TV shows and/or movies in the past month.

"Consumer habits are changing, and businesses must adjust their strategies in designing solutions and bringing products to market to meet these new demands," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "Value-added and multiscreen services are key to retaining customers and building for future revenue growth. CONNECTIONS™ at TIA addresses the opportunities spanning such categories as entertainment, technical support, mobile solutions, home management, energy services, and healthcare."

Whole-audience Presentation Sessions:
What to Watch: Connecting Consumers to Content
The Evolution of Customer Care: Technical Support and Beyond
Emerging Mobile Services: Boon for Carriers or OTT Providers?
Partnerships and Competition among Broadband and Security Service Providers, Utilities, and Retailers

Parks Associates Research Presentations:
The State of the Connected Consumer
The Future of OTT Video: Monetization Strategies
The Rise of the App Platform in the Mobile and CE Markets
Defining Roles for Connected Consumer Electronics
Managing the Connected Home – Security, Health, Monitoring, and Controls

Panel Sessions:
Innovations in Digital Content Delivery
Building Interoperability among Home System Services and Devices
Exemplifying Superior Customer Experiences
Second Screen Services – Apps, Interactivity, and Advertising
The Human TV Remote: Gesture and Voice Recognition
Emerging Value-added Services: Music, Gaming, and More
The Media Cloud and Digital Locker
Delivering Superior 4G Experience to Mobile Consumer
The Next Steps in TV Everywhere
Smartphone and Tablet Innovations: Transforming Consumer Behavior
Connected Consumer Electronics as the Set-top Box
New Approaches to Device Management
Video Search and Discovery: Tools, Techniques, and Outcomes
Personal Cloud - Path to Revenues
Advertising Everywhere – Connected Devices, Content, and Consumers

Early Sponsors include CEA, IBM, Affinegy, Allegro, Digitalsmiths, PacketVideo, Irdeto, and Sigma Designs.

Platinum supporters are CEDIA and Digital Media Wire.

Supporters: Best Web Design Agencies, BoogarLists, CABA, Conference Guru, Connected TV Marketing Association, CSI Magazine, EIS Alliance, EMF, FierceMarkets, HiddenWires, HomeToys, LonMark International, MPEG Industry Forum, OpenADR Alliance, OSP Magazine, ScreenPlays, Storage Visions, Telemedianews.com, topSEOs.com, UMTS Forum, U-SNAP Alliance, Visibility Magazine, Vision2Mobile, and Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP).

More information about TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™ at TIA can be found at tia2012.org and www.connectionsconference.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

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org.