International research firm Parks Associates announces new media and digital entertainment summit for Nice, France, following successful Berlin summit

With the conclusion of the CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit in Berlin, event host and international research firm Parks Associates announced today the next Summit will take place in Nice, France, on March 31, 2009.

With the conclusion of the CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit in Berlin, event host and international research firm Parks Associates announced today the next Summit will take place in Nice, France, on March 31, 2009.


CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit ended on August 29 following a day of strategic sessions with speakers, sponsors, and attendees representing over 60 companies, organizations, and media firms. Parks Associates analysts moderated all sessions, which focused on growth opportunities for new media and entertainment products, services, and applications.

The next CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit will take place March 31, 2009, at the Hotel Palais de La Mediterranee in Nice, France. This Spring summit will feature keynote speaker Roger Pitton, Program Director, TV Business, Microsoft Corporation, who will discuss "IPTV and the keys to keeping customers."

Advisory sponsors for both events include Cisco, Enure Networks, F -Secure Corporation, Macrovision, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), NEOTION, support.com, Toshiba Electronics Europe, WirelessHD, and Zilog.

"The rise in broadband and home networking is a phenomenon across Europe," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "Service providers are driving this growth and will provide more than 70 million homes worldwide with a residential gateway solution by 2012. Now they are looking to deploy advanced services, such as digital and mobile television, and the regulatory environment can help or hinder these efforts."

In the white paper "No Way to Regulate: Mobile TV in Europe," Parks Associates argues that recent regulations hurt efforts to deploy mobile TV services. This paper is available as a free download at www.connectionseurope.com, along with white papers "TV Services in Europe: Update and Outlook" and "Europe: Home Network Update."

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit in Berlin also featured a pre -show workshop from WirelessHD and an exclusive tour of the Fraunhofer Institute's Exhibits at IFA 2008.

For information on upcoming CONNECTIONS™ events and to download "No Way to Regulate: Mobile TV in Europe," visit http://www.connectionseurope.com. For information on sponsoring or speaking at CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit, call 972 -490 -1113 or e -mail sales@parksassociates.com.

About 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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