CONNECTIONS™ Conferences focus on digital content, networked devices, home systems, and consumer electronics

New white paper features Parks Associates research and highlights event topics

International research firm Parks Associates released a new white paper today, The Future of Networked Devices and Digital Content, which tracks developments and areas of growth for the digital living industries in anticipation of upcoming CONNECTIONS™ events.


The paper addresses the core topics Communications & Entertainment Services, New Media and Digital Content, Home Systems, and Consumer Electronics. These topics will be under discussion at the next two CONNECTIONS™ events:

CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit
Nice, France
March 31

CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase
Santa Clara, California
June 2 -4

"The concept of the network has expanded worldwide to include entertainment services, mobile devices, and control scenarios in addition to its traditional, practical applications," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "Already 20% of U.S. broadband households want widgets on their TVs, which would give them access to dynamic, personalized content such as news, sports, weather, and traffic. This blending of the online and entertainment worlds, with companies like Intel and Yahoo at the forefront, will be a significant area of discussion at CONNECTIONS™ in 2009."

The CONNECTIONS™ white paper notes that increased competition and the commoditization of voice and bandwidth are pushing providers toward advanced services including fixed -mobile convergence (FMC). They will rely on femtocells to realize their FMC strategies, which will boost the number of these devices shipped worldwide to 100 million in 2013.

In addition, carriers and manufacturers have the opportunity to craft new customer support services as part of bundling and product design. U.S. remote tech support service for consumers was a $650 million market in 2008, and this service area will only expand.

"New services create new challenges in getting products to interact and share content," Scherf said. "Companies are under pressure to push as much content to as many screens as possible, so multimedia networking will be another hot topic at CONNECTIONS™. The CONNECTIONS™ Showcase is the perfect location for players in this arena to display and promote the performance of their multimedia solutions such as LiquidHD, wireless HDMI, and DLNA -based technologies."

For over a decade, CONNECTIONS™ has been the site for discussions on networking standards, including multiple sessions devoted to wireless and powerline control technologies. Parks Associates forecasts five million smart meters installed in the U.S. by 2012, ensuring home controls will again be an important area of discussion and display in 2009.

The Future of Networked Devices and Digital Content is available as a free download on the CONNECTIONS™ websites www.connectionsconference.com and www.connectionseurope.com. The deadline to submit to be considered a speaker for either event is Friday, January 23, 2009. For more information, contact Parks Associates at sales@parksassociates.com, 972 -490 -1113.

About CONNECTIONS™

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.

This unique research -driven executive conference and showcase, hosting close to 1,000 attendees each year, delivers insight and recommendations for new business models and opportunities in digital media/content, connected consumer electronics, broadband and value -added services, and home systems.

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



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