AT&T Services and Verizon to Keynote CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase at TIA

Connected home industry leaders address impact of connected CE, new business models, tech support, and mobile marketing strategies

Parks Associates announced the preliminary list of speakers for the 16th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, co-located with TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7 at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas, Texas. Executives from AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Services and Verizon will present keynotes at CONNECTIONS™, addressing the impact of multiscreen convergence and second-screen services on the service provider market.

According to Parks Associates, North American consumers will buy 110 million smartphones and 32 million media tablets in 2012, and the amount of video they are consuming on these platforms is rapidly increasing.

"The average U.S. broadband user watches 36 minutes of video on a tablet and 102 minutes of video on a mobile phone every week," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "As consumers adopt multiple connected platforms, opportunities to build new business around multiscreen content distribution, value-added services like tech support, and advanced advertising are vast. CONNECTIONS™ clarifies the roles of various players within the converging connected consumer ecosystem."

At CONNECTIONS™, Parks Associates' leading analysts moderate all sessions. The analysts, joined by 100+ speakers, will present new consumer research and industry trends about emerging business models and opportunities in digital content, mobile applications and services, connected consumer electronics, broadband and value-added services, and home systems.

Kevin Petersen, Senior Vice President-AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Services
Mike Ritter, Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer & Mass Business Markets, Verizon

David Adams, VP Corporate Development, Accedo
Chris Allen, Senior Vice President/Director of Video Innovation, SMGx
Peter Ansel, VP Business Development, Clearleap
Joe Buggy, Senior Vice President, Customer Lifecycle Management Services, Sutherland Global Services
Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM
Adam Cahan, CEO, IntoNow from YAHOO!
Nick Chakalos, President, Catch Media
Humphrey Chen, Executive Director-New Business Ventures, Verizon Wireless
Áine Denari, Director of Strategy, Residential Solutions, Ingersoll Rand
Jim Denney, VP, GM Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.
Mikko Disini, Director, Product Marketing, Bytemobile
Sunil Gujral, Business Lead - Technical Solutions Group, Quatrro Global Services Pvt Ltd
Jason Henderson, Product Manager, FiOS TV, Verizon
Kurt Hoppe, Director of Smart TV Innovation and Alliances, LG Electronics
Dennis Kyle, VP, Strategic and New Market Development, Tendril
Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs
James Morehead, VP Product Management and User Experience,
Todd O'Brien, Services Marketing Director for North America Consumer, Dell
John Penney, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Starz Entertainment and Starz Media
Mike Petrocelli, SVP Sales America, Civolution
Duncan Potter, CMO, Edgeware
Marty Roberts, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, thePlatform, a Comcast subsidiary
Stuart Rosove, VP of Corporate and Online Marketing, Irdeto
Jerome Rota, Senior Vice President of Consumer Products and Services, PacketVideo
Ken Roulier, Deputy CTO, Broadband, Cable & Satellite Division, Amdocs
Russ Schafer, Senior Director, Product Marketing Yahoo! Connected TV and Desktop, Yahoo!
Frank Sinton, CEO, MeFeedia
Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software
Ohad Shvueli, VP of Sales and Marketing North America, PrimeSense
Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions & Program Management North America, Amdocs
Ben Weinberger, CEO and Co-founder, Digitalsmiths
Paul Woidke, SVP & GM, Advanced Advertising, Nagra-OpenTV

Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates
Pietro Macchiarella, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates
Kurt Scherf, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates
Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates
Heather Way, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors: CEA, IBM, Actiontec, Affinegy, Allegro Software, Digitalsmiths, PacketVideo, Quatrro, Sutherland Global Services, Waterstone Management Group, Irdeto, Sigma Designs, and HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

More information about TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™ at TIA can be found at and


The 16th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase will be co-located with TIA 2012: Inside the Network on June 5-7 at the Gaylord Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, CONNECTIONS™ at TIA 2012 focuses on innovative solutions for the connected consumer and leading strategies to monetize digital content, mobile applications and services, value-added services, connected consumer electronics, and home systems.

The executive research conference includes presentations from Parks Associates' leading analysts and visionary sessions featuring executives in the connected entertainment and digital home technology industries. CONNECTIONS™ at TIA 2012 also features The Connected Home Pavilion, an area on the TIA exhibit floor where attendees can preview demos from operators, manufacturers, and solutions providers for the digital home.

For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, 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 digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.

About TIA
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