Home Networking to reach 168 Million ouseholds Worldwide in 2008

Rapid growth in home networking, approaching 168 million households worldwide in 2008, is laying the foundation for expansion of multimedia services internationally and especially in the European markets, according to Parks Associates.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit focuses on entertainment and multimedia services in European markets - -


Rapid growth in home networking, approaching 168 million households worldwide in 2008, is laying the foundation for expansion of multimedia services internationally and especially in the European markets, according to Parks Associates.

The market research firm will host CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit on August 29, 2008, at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, to discuss the implications of this market growth and share the latest findings of its Global Digital Living™ (GDL) project.

Parks Associates launched GDL in 2005 to track and analyze international adoption and consumer attitudes toward advanced digital technologies and services. The most recent survey, GDL: Entertainment 2.0 in Europe, studies the growth of entertainment services in the top European markets. The project includes country profiles and consumer surveys and examines adoption and valuation of DVDs, online video and video -on -demand, DVRs, and high -definition TV services, among other topics.

"Broadband growth pushed Europe ahead of North America in terms of home network adoption," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "With the network in place, providers will tie in high -demand entertainment services. By 2012, over one -third of networked nodes worldwide will have entertainment or multimedia functionality, with particularly strong growth in IPTV services."

CONNECTIONS™ Europe will provide attendees with international consumer research and feature interactive discussions on advanced television services, new media and digital content, and value -added services.

Advisory sponsors for CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Cisco, Enure Networks, F -Secure Corporation, Macrovision, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), Neotion, support.com, Toshiba Electronics Europe, WirelessHD, and Zilog, Inc.

The event agenda features speakers from the following companies and organizations:
ActiveVideo Networks
ARM
Cisco
Deutsche Telekom
Enure Networks
F -Secure
Home Gateway Initiative
HomePlug Powerline Alliance
Macrovision
Makewave AB
MoreTV
NEC Europe
Neotion
Nokia Siemens Networks
OSGi Alliance
Qualcomm
Shiny Media
SiBEAM, Inc.
SPiDCOM Technologies
Sonic Solutions
support.com
Texas Instruments
Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH
WirelessHD
Zilog

The WirelessHD Consortium will host a pre -show workshop on August 28, followed by a reception for CONNECTIONS™ Europe attendees. For more information, visit http://www.connectionseurope.com or contact 972 -490 -1113, sales@parksassociates.com.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit Series
CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summits, produced by Parks Associates, provide attendees with high -level analysis and consumer research from Parks Associates, networking opportunities, and information on emerging residential and mobile technologies and services. http://www.connectionseurope.com



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