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Friday, March 14, 2008

CONNECTIONS Releases Press Release Officially Announcing Agenda and Keynote Speakers

Parks Associates and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced Thursday the agenda and confirmed keynote presenters for CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase. CONNECTIONS is a strategic conference and showcase focused on the market developments and growth factors for advanced digital lifestyle solutions. The spring CONNECTIONS conference will take place June 24-26, 2008, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

CONNECTIONS brings together nearly 1,000 executives in the converging digital living industries. The three-day conference provides the ideal venue to learn, network, share ideas, and gain a greater understanding of new business models, industry trends, and future forecasts as the market for digital solutions continues to grow.

Parks Associates forecasts total U.S. revenues for installed home theaters and multiroom audio systems will grow from $6 billion in 2007 to more than $11 billion by 2012, due in large part to the advantages of digital content.

"This year's event features an intense focus on entertainment, communications, control, and the extension of the product purchase and customer support lifecycle," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "With an audience of key executives and sessions featuring industry experts and the latest consumer and market analysis, CONNECTIONS is the preeminent event for this industry." Keynote speakers include:
Amy Banse, President, Comcast Interactive Media
Rebecca Jacoby, Sr. Vice President & CIO, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Paul Liao, CTO, Panasonic North America
Phil McKinney, Vice President & CTO, Personal Systems Group, HP

Parks Associates, Motorola, and TM Forum will conduct pre-show workshops and seminars on June 24, prior to HP's opening keynote. CONNECTIONS also features sessions hosted by Motorola, Peak8 Solutions, IBM, and MoCA. Conference sessions, moderated by Parks Associates research analysts, will provide strategic analysis on key digital living categories and focus on the opportunities and challenges emerging in these evolving markets.

Session topics include:
Hollywood and the Digital Age
Digital Solutions for the Automobile
Gaming and Virtual Worlds
Residential Energy Management and Home Systems
Digital Health
Service Support for the Digital Home
Broadband VideoMobile Platforms
New Media and Digital Advertising
User InterfacesTelevision 2.0
Wireless Networking for Multimedia
The Evolution of Social Networks
Broadband Devices
Place shifting and Content Storage
Solutions for Service Providers
Investment Opportunities in Digital Living

For full agenda, visit

CONNECTIONS will announce confirmed speakers soon.

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