CONNECTIONS™ to analyze next phase in Connected CE, including interactive features and cloud -based solutions

Parks Associates forecasts annual unit sales for connected TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and digital video players will grow to nearly 340 million by 2015

Parks Associates today announced connected CE will be a key focus at the upcoming CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase, June 28 -30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. As this product category reaches a new development phase, with units sold worldwide exceeding 130 million in 2011, industry focus will shift to providing Internet -like experiences and cloud -based services to enhance device value and continue strong sales.

The CONNECTIONS™ session "Interactive Features for Connected Consumer Electronics," Wednesday, June 29 at 11:15 a.m., will feature executives from AwoX; Accedo Broadband; Allegro Software Development Corp.; LG Electronics; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; and SyncTV discussing strategies to develop and deploy these features for connected CE.

Parks Associates will present new research including consumer interest in new interactive features such as TV widgets/apps, content delivery and billing systems for video -on -demand, and transactional/ad -supported business models.

"The advent of connectivity on a host of retail -available CE brings new entertainment, communications, and functionality to this industry," said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates, and session moderator. "This session highlights the need to build high -quality experiences associated with connected CE, the role of cloud media, and new business models to increase revenues."

Session Speakers

Glenn Adler, Director Bus. Devt & Sales, AwoX, Inc.
Daniel Blackburn, VP, Mobile, LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company
John Gildred, President, SyncTV
Kurt Hoppe, Director, Smart TV Innovation and Alliances, LG Electronics
Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband
Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software Development Corporation

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsors IBM and Technicolor; Gold Sponsors Affinegy, Allegro, HCL, Radialpoint, and Rovi; Silver Sponsors AwoX; Hitachi; Independa; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; and PlumChoice; and Bronze Sponsors AlertMe, EchoStar, HomePNA, iTOK.NET, mgMEDIA, Minerva Networks, and RoxioNow.

Premier Program Members are HCL; IBM; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; PlumChoice; Radialpoint; Rovi; Sigma Designs; and Technicolor.

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CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, attracts over 500 executives focused on innovative consumer technology solutions. The 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ will take place June 28 -30, 2011, in Santa Clara.

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 home systems.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, contact or call 972 -490 -1113. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending, please 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 conferences CONNECTIONS™, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®; CONNECTIONS™ Europe; and Smart Energy Summit. | | |

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