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Analysts Talk Connected CE at CONNECTIONS Summit

Parks Associates announced that its CONNECTIONS Summit at CES 2011 will feature an analyst roundtable addressing Internet-connected consumer electronics, 3D TV, Smartphones, connected home services and consumer buying habits.

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CONNECTIONSTM Summit at CES to Feature Analyst Roundtable on Internet-Connected CE, 3DTV, Smartphones, Connected Home Services, and Consumer Buying Habits

DALLAS, TX–(December 2, 2010) – International research firm Parks Associates will open CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES on January 6 with the session “Analyst Roundtable: The Connected Home is Here!” at 10:00 a.m., featuring expert analysis on the expansion of enhanced connectivity in the home.

“Sales of Internet-capable consumer electronics will exceed 200 million worldwide in 2011,” said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. “Mainstream adoption of digital technologies is reaching all corners of the home. Multiple players, including content owners, CE companies, retailers, broadband and communications providers, and energy utilities, will seek to enhance their consumer relationships through new applications, services, and features that fit with these new market demands.”

* In 2011, 36% of new flat-panel TVs sold worldwide will be Internet-capable, growing to 76% of all units in 2015.

* Smartphones and Internet-capable CE remain popular purchases with consumers. In 2011, U.S. sales of smartphones will reach nearly 60 million, and Internet tablets, including Apple iPads , will exceed 13 million.

* By 2014, 80% of new flat-panel TVs sold in the U.S. and Western Europe will have 3D capabilities.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is on the first day of 2011 International CES, in the South Hall Convention Center, Rooms S206-207. Summit sessions:

Analyst Roundtable
Operator Strategies: Video, Services, and Support
Monetizing Connected Consumer Electronics
Executive Roundtable: The Smart Grid and the Home Area Network
Anytime Anywhere Entertainment & Communication – Mobile Applications
Video Everywhere: Key Strategies

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES includes support from CONNECTIONS™ Europe sponsors Accedo Broadband, ActiveVideo Networks, ADB, Gigle Networks, Latens, PacketVideo, ProVision Communications, Radialpoint, Ralink Technology Corporation, Virgin Media, and Zeitera. CONNECTIONS™ 2011 sponsors include Association Sponsor CEA and Affinegy, Allegro, HCL, iTOK, Rovi, and Roxio.

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For the fifth year, Parks Associates is hosting CONNECTIONS™ 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. The 2011 event includes an evening reception for all attendees.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit offers the ideal start to CES, with all sessions moderated by Parks Associates analysts and offering consumer and industry data, insight from leading executives, and networking opportunities with the leading analysts in the digital living space.