SOURCE: Parks Associates

CONNECTIONS Logo | www.connectionsus.com | June 8-10, 2010

March 18, 2010 10:59 ET

CONNECTIONS™ Focuses on Digital Content, Distribution, Advertising, Cloud Media, and Home Controls as Connected CE to Exceed 100 Million Units Worldwide in 2010

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  Parks Associates today announced the preliminary agenda for CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, which will address the future of digital entertainment and connected CE with keynotes from Sony and Samsung. The three-day event will also feature research presentations and speaker panels on support services, DRM, energy management and controls, advertising, and mobile applications and services.

CONNECTIONS™, in its 14th year, will take place June 8-10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and is the premier event for research and analysis on connected home technologies and digital living solutions. CONNECTIONS™ attracts over 600 executives in the connected home industries and is the only event that addresses developments within each industry sector while also focusing on the impact and opportunities for convergence across industries.

Keynotes include:

  • Scott Birnbaum, VP, Samsung LCD Group
  • Mitch Singer, CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment; President, DECE
  • Scott Smyers, SVP, Sony Electronics; President and Chairman of the Board, DLNA

"Our research shows consumers are active participants with growing interest in converged applications that blend media access with their subscription services and fixed and mobile CE," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "The markets must continue to develop ties among media companies, service providers, and device manufacturers, which will be a key theme at this year's CONNECTIONS™."

Parks Associates forecasts the number of sales/installations of connected CE worldwide will increase threefold from 2010 to 2014. The firm reports the current number of U.S. households with connected CE is already in the millions for multiple devices:

  • Broadband-connected game consoles: 18.3 million
  • PC-to-TV connections: 12.4 million
  • Whole-home DVR: 4.8 million
  • Connected TVs: 3.1 million
  • Digital media player set-top boxes: 2.6 million
  • Network-attached storage: 1.6 million

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include ActiveVideo Networks, Allegro, IBM, PacketVideo, RedMere, and Rovi.

Supporting organizations include ADMIN, ATIS, CABA, CEDIA, ChinaCCM.com, Circle F Media, Electronics Technicians Association, ETSI, Experiential Marketing Forum, HomePNA, HomePlug Powerline Alliance, JETRO, MPEG Industry Forum, SIP Center, Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi Technology Forum, Wireless Industry Partnership, and WITI. Platinum supporting media are Connected Planet, Digital Media Wire, and Home Toys. Supporting media are BoogarLists, Conference Guru, Connect-World, FierceIPTV, FierceMobileContent, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceWireless:Europe, Gadget-t, HiddenWires, Home Media Magazine, IPTV Industry, OSP, Screen Digest, TVover.net, and WiMAX Industry.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com.

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 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™, visit www.connectionsconference.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

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