Personalized services, place -shifting, and multiroom DVR functions a key focus at CONNECTIONS™ Europe

The integration of interactive services and two-way communications with TV services has become a key part of service provider strategies worldwide, according to Parks Associates.

Oct 7, 2010 - The integration of interactive services and two -way communications with TV services has become a key part of service provider strategies worldwide, according to Parks Associates. The international research firm is hosting CONNECTIONS™ Europe on November 15 -16, 2010, at the Mövenpick Hotel in Amsterdam, and the agenda includes the session "Value -added Services & the Video Ecosystem."

This session will examine strategies behind advanced video service options, including online video on the TV, TV Everywhere, and hybrid set -top boxes that offer broadcast and broadband/IPTV options.

"In 2010, there are over 1.3 billion households worldwide receiving TV services, and over the next five years, IPTV services will experience the highest cumulative aggregate growth rate (CAGR) in the television service market," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "To stay competitive, and build ARPU, providers are evaluating a variety of future features and value -added service options that leverage digital technologies."

Parks Associates reports France and Germany trail only the U.S. in VOD content and many other countries are increasing their VOD offerings. Magyar Telekom in Hungary now offers VOD services as part of its IPTV rollout, and Kabel Deutschland is targeting late 2010 for a VOD launch. In China, CDM is rolling out VOD services nationally using international content from Japan and Korea.

"Robust VOD services are the first step in the expansion of TV services," Sikes said. "As more households adopt home networking, TV services will expand to include two -way communications and interactive features."

Session Participants:

Rob van den Dam, Global Telecom Sector Leader IBV, IBM

Jean -Michel Demoulin, Cable, Digital Media & IPTV Strategy - European Markets, Cisco

Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband

Trond Neergaard, Founder and Managing Partner, Cloudberry Associates

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Advisory Sponsors are Accedo Broadband, ActiveVideo Networks, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), Gigle Networks, Latens, PacketVideo, and Ralink Technology. Companies in the Premier Program include ActiveVideo Networks, Gigle Networks, Intel, ProVision Communications, PacketVideo, Rovi, and Verizon Wireless.

Parks Associates recently released the new white paper "European Mobile Market: Beyond Price -based Strategies," available for download at

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summits, produced by Parks Associates, are executive events offering high -level analysis and consumer research, networking opportunities, and information on emerging residential and mobile technologies and services.

The next CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 -16 November 2010, and focus on digital media, consumer electronics, and market opportunities for TV operators, content developers, advertisers, and manufacturers.

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 conferences CONNECTIONS™, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®; CONNECTIONS™ Europe; and Smart Energy Summit. | | |

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