CONNECTIONS™ to examine roles of content and service providers as digital technologies create new consumer lifestyle experiences

Executive conference features keynotes from Verizon Telecom and Starz

Parks Associates today announced two keynote speakers, representing Verizon Telecom and Starz, for the CONNECTIONS™ Conference, being held next week at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The international research firm will host the Digital Living Conference and Showcase, featuring new consumer research on cloud media and connected CE and an agenda with over 100 executives on June 28 -30.

"Consumer demand for new connected experiences is so strong many are taking a DIY approach, with 14% of U.S. broadband households using PC -to -TV connections to watch online video," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "Content and service providers have an inside track to this market as consumers demand premium content and ubiquitous access in and outside the home. Starz and Verizon are both significant players in area, offering valuable insight to CONNECTIONS™ attendees."

John B. Penney, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Starz, LLC, will deliver the keynote "Opportunities and Challenges For The Dream Factory: Creating High -Quality TV Content For Digital Consumers" at 9 a.m., June 29. Mr. Penney will focus on the challenges for content providers as customer expectations increase as well as strategies to leverage demand for premium video to create new consumer experiences.

Eric J. Bruno, Vice President, Product Management, Verizon Telecom, will deliver the keynote "Consumer Ecosystem Innovation" at 9 a.m., June 30. Mr. Bruno will focus on the changing role of service providers within the connected home, including the innovative new digital consumer products Verizon is developing to connect with its customers.

Other CONNECTIONS™ Keynote Speakers are Glenn Lurie, President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, presenting "New Connections for a Digital Life," and David Grubb III, VP, Architecture & Strategy, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility, presenting "Converged Experiences."

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 Sponsors Firstsource and Qresolve.

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CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by leading research firm Parks Associates with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the premier executive event focused on the market developments and growth factors for advanced digital lifestyle solutions.

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