Industry leaders to address Smart TV, Digital Content, and Value -added Services at CONNECTIONS™

Executives from Alcatel-Lucent, TiVo, Microsoft, Real Networks, IBM, VIZIO, Yahoo!, and IBM participating at Digital Living Conference

Parks Associates today announced the main sessions for CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, including key sessions focused on connected TVs, digital media, and the cloud. Executives from leading service and technology providers will examine consumer research and industry trends impacting revenues for entertainment, mobile communications, home management, consumer electronics, and new content distribution models.

CONNECTIONS™, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates on June 28 -30 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, offers a unique mix of market research, trending data, industry insight, and discussion of the current strategies and future challenges in providing connectivity and technology services for consumers.

"Our main sessions tackle the biggest issues facing the digital living markets, including the move to the cloud and the impact of connected and mobile CE," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "In the U.S., operators are subsidizing multiscreen services as a way to retain existing subscribers, despite evidence that up to 30% of U.S. broadband households would be willing to pay for these services on an Internet -connected device. We will explore the new revenue opportunities created by new technologies and evolving consumer attitudes."

Main Sessions at CONNECTIONS™

The Smart TV Ecosystem
Disruptive Technology in Action
Who is Monetizing Digital Media?
How do Service Providers Maximize the Connected Home?

Participating Executives

Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM
Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi
Jim Denney, VP & GM Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.
Jim Funk, VP, Business Development, Roku
Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff
Benoit Joly, Senior VP, Operational Marketing, Technicolor
Jay Kenny, VP, Marketing,
José Pińero, Senior Director, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft
Russ Schafer, Senior Director, Global Product Marketing, Connected TV, Yahoo!
Pete Schwartz, Senior Director Product Management, VIZIO
Hank Skorny, SVP & CSO, RealNetworks
David Stevenson, VP & GM Motive Product Division, Alcatel -Lucent
Nick Troiano, President, BlackArrow

CONNECTIONS™ keynote speakers include executives from AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, Fox Networks, Motorola Mobility, and Verizon Telecom.

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; PlumChoice; Zonoff; and the Z -Wave Alliance; Bronze Sponsors AlertMe, EchoStar, HomePNA, iTOK.NET, Minerva Networks, and RoxioNow; and Break Sponsor Firstsource.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, visit


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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