TMCNet:  Parks Associates Kicks Off 2013 International CES with 7th Annual CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit

[January 08, 2013]

Parks Associates Kicks Off 2013 International CES with 7th Annual CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit

DALLAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Parks Associates hosts leading digital-home executives today at the seventh-annual CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), 2nd floor, Rooms S204-205 at 2013 International CES. The summit features interactive panel sessions focused on service provider strategies, monetization opportunities for connected devices and smart TVs, digital content for multiple platforms, and value-added services. A networking reception, sponsored by Lowe's, follows the Summit sessions.


(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120725/MM46080LOGO-b) The research firm also released the whitepaper "Trends, Technologies, and Ecosystems: Evolution of the Digital Home" at CES, which analyzes key trends in the digital home.

"Parks Associates' research shows 20% of U.S. broadband households own at least three of the four app-based devices, including a smartphone, tablet, smart TV, and game console," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "Video viewing on tablets is already six hours per week, and with tablet penetration reaching 66% of U.S. broadband households in 2013, consumers will continue to change their digital habits and consumption patterns. CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit is an essential event at CES where connected-home companies discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry." Parks Associates' analysts moderate each CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit session: LG Electronics, Verizon, Sharp, Yahoo!, and Samsung address connected-TV strategies and implications for delivering managed and over-the-top video services into a smart TV.

Audible Magic, LG Electronics, Rovi Corp., Shazam, and USA Network discuss second-screen services and opportunities to produce new revenues, strengthen viewership, and personalize the TV experience.

EcoFactor, IBM, Hitachi Communication Technologies Americas, Lowe's Companies, Inc., Qualcomm Inc., and Verizon focus on new opportunities in home controls, energy management, security, and health services.

iYogi, Affinegy, Support.com, Sutherland Global Services, Radialpoint, and PlumChoice, Inc., present new strategies for consumer tech support services, including the roles of CE makers, retailers, and service providers.

Samsung, Irdeto, Microsoft Corporation, and Orange examine growth in multiscreen video services and the relationships among those in the CE and content services industries.

"Parks Associates' conferences bring together key players working on emerging technologies and services," said Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. "In 2013, we will host the fourth-annual Smart Energy Summit, February 25-27, and the seventeenth-annual CONNECTIONS(TM): The Premier Connected Home Conference, co-located with CTIA 2013, May 20-23." CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit includes support from Premier Program Members Digitalsmiths, EcoFactor, IBM, Irdeto, Lowe's, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, Radialpoint, Sigma Designs, Support.com, and Sutherland Global Services.

Parks Associates analysts are available at CES for interviews. Contact Holly Sprague at 720.987.6614 or hsprague@gmail.com. During CES, visit Parks Associates in Booth #21944 in LVCC, South Hall 1.

ABOUT CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit at CES For the 7th year, international research firm Parks Associates is hosting CONNECTIONS(TM) Summit at CES, an interactive event focused on trends, emerging business models and technologies, and growth opportunities for companies developing products and services for the digital home.

www.connectionssummit.com www.twitter.com/CONN_Summit #connsummit2013 Holly Sprague Parks Associates720.987.6614hsprague@gmail.com SOURCE Parks Associates

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