Parks Associates hosts CONNECTIONS™ SUMMIT at CES: Monetizing Connectivity in the Home

Panel Sessions with Technology Executives from Sony, Yahoo!, IBM, TiVo

International research firm Parks Associates will host the fourth -annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in Room S225 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Parks Associates will then host a networking reception from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Monetizing Connectivity in the Home will include interactive panels featuring research presentations from Parks Associates analysts and more than 20 industry executives. Session topics include new trends in CE, video advertising, home systems/energy management, and mobile services and convergence.

"2008 and 2009 set the first stage of the connected TV market, and at CONNECTIONS™ Summit, we will look at what 2010 and beyond will bring in terms of features, applications, and core technologies," said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates, who is moderating the session "The Connected TV - Displays and Beyond."

CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions:

9:00 a.m. - Service Provider Strategies for the Connected Home
Joly Benoit, Director, Connected Home Applications, Thomson
John Callahan, CTO, ActiveVideo Networks
Tom Carroux, Director, Sales and Market Development, Irdeto
Jaime Fink, CTO, 2Wire
Ted May, VP, Strategy & Business Affairs, Synacor
David Sandford, VP, Marketing & Product Management, TiVo

9:45 a.m. - The Connected TV - Displays and Beyond
Bruce Anderson, GM, Global Electronics Industry, IBM
Mike Harris, Senior VP and GM, Connected Devices, DivX
Arlo Rose, Senior Director, Product Design, Connected TV, Yahoo!
Mitch Singer, President, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem; CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Scott Smyers, Chairman, Board of Directors, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA); SVP, Sony

11:00 a.m. - Consumer Electronics Purchases: Are Consumers Back in the Buying Mood?
Parks Associates Analysts

12:15 p.m. - The Mobile Aspect of Unified Infotainment: Opportunities and Challenges
Timo Bauer, SVP & GM Americas, NewBay Software
Lauren Thorpe, Senior Director, Developer Relations, Qualcomm
Jean -Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, UMTS Forum, Orange
Rick Schwartz, Senior Product Manager, PacketVideo

1:30 p.m. - Advances in Television Advertising
Chris Allen, VP, Director of Video Innovation, Starcom USA
Brian Chamberlin, Manager, Interactive Projects, NDS
Scott Rosenberg, VP of Advanced Advertising, Rovi Corporation
Paul Woidke, SVP and GM, Advanced Advertising, OpenTV

2:45 p.m. - Bringing the Smart Grid to the Smart Home
Susan Cashen, Vice President, Control4 Energy Systems
Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer, Exceptional Innovation
Joe Dada, President and CEO, SmartLabs
Chris Deutschen, Senior Manager, Innovation and Business Development, Direct Energy

4:00 p.m. - 3D: Adding New Dimensions to Entertainment
Hope Fulgham, CEO/CMO, Piazza Advertising
Peter Lude, SVP, Engineering, Sony
Howard Postley, CTO/COO, 3ality Digital
Peter Smyth, Founder & CEO, RedMere
Simon Tidnam, VP, Sales & Marketing, HDlogix

The full agenda is available at For more information, visit:

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 new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts executive thought leadership conferences CONNECTIONS™, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), and CONNECTIONS™ Europe. Parks Associates produces the online publication Industry Insights in conjunction with the CONNECTIONS™ Conference series. | | |

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