Convergence of Content, Platforms, and Entertainment among the Key Themes at CONNECTIONS Conference

Parks Associates announces preliminary topics and call for papers for 2011 executive conference

Dallas, Tex., October 28, 2010 - Parks Associates today announced the topics and the call for speaker submissions for the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase. The international research firm will host the executive conference on June 28 -30, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.


The CONNECTIONS™ audience includes over 550 executives, media, and thought leaders gathered to discuss the future of the digital lifestyle, network with partners in the digital living markets, and examine ideas, technologies, and business issues critical to the converging entertainment, media, and service markets for consumers.

"The number of sales/installations of Web -enabled connected CE worldwide will increase fourfold from 2010 to 2015, with nearly 600 million units sold annually, including connected TVs, game consoles, Blu -ray players, and set -tops," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "These devices open new opportunities for manufacturers as well as broadband, wireless, and pay -television operators in providing enhanced entertainment, home monitoring, communications, and premium technical support services. CONNECTIONS™ 2011 will examine every corner of the connected home, to understand how each device and service is connected and how best to monetize these connections."

Parks Associates is accepting speaker submissions in five core areas:

Entertainment Platforms & Value -Added Services
Customer and Technical Support
Service and Device Management
Set -top Boxes and Residential Gateways
Applications as Drivers
Broadband Value -added Services
New Roles and Functions for Devices
Virtualized Services and Applications/Software
Digital Music "Cloud Locker" Services
Internet TV Services
Video -on -demand

Mobile
Mobile Entertainment
Encoders and Content Management for Mobile Video
Mobile Internet Devices
Smartphones
Web Devices and the Cloud
Convergence in Voice Services: FMC/Femotcell/Voice beyond Commodity

New Media and Digital Content
Social Media
Content Management: DRM
Emerging Business Models for Digital Media Monetization
TV Advertising Technologies
Contextual and Behavioral Ad Targeting
Online Video
Publishing Content for Three Screens
Cloud Encoding
Content Storage

Consumer Electronics
Connected TVs
3DTV
Home Networking Requirements
Gaming
Retail Experience
User Interfaces
Shifting Content

Home Systems & Controls
Home Area Network
Service Providers - Home Management and Controls
Appliances & Smarter Energy Management
Wireless and Powerline Controls
Entertainment Networks & High -end Media Servers

CONNECTIONS™ panelists present information and analysis with content including new business models, technology trends, case studies, challenges/opportunities, standards/interoperability issues, and consumer research. CONNECTIONS™ runs multiple tracks focused on targeted topics so that the event maintains its unique perspective on current Digital Living areas while looking forward to the next wave of innovation and consumer adoption.

Early sponsors for CONNECTIONS™ 2011 are Association Sponsor CEA and Affinegy, Allegro, iTOK, Rovi, and Sonic Solutions. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, January 6, 2011, focuses on trends, emerging business models and technologies, and growth opportunities for companies developing products and services for the digital home. Visit www.connectionsconference.com for information on both events or to submit to speak. Contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972 -490 -1113 for more information.

About CONNECTIONS
The 15th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, attracts over 500 executives focused on innovative consumer technology solutions. This unique conference and showcase highlights consumer and industry research from Parks Associates, showcases key players and new technologies, and delivers insight and recommendations for new business models and opportunities in digital media/content, mobile applications and services, connected consumer electronics, broadband and value -added services, and energy management/home systems.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972 -490 -1113. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending, visit www.connectionsconference.com.




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