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Parks Associates announces speakers for CONNECTIONS

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenny Barrett
Parks Associates
972-490-1113
Email: Jenny@parksassociates.com

Parks Associates announces speakers for CONNECTIONS
digital home sessions at 2006 International CES

Dallas, TX October 6, 2005 — Parks Associates, the leading research analysts studying the digital home, today announced the participating executives for the six CONNECTIONS sessions it will host at 2006 International CES on January 5-6, 2006.

The CONNECTIONS sessions at CES will feature industry executives, moderated by Parks Associates’ analysts, and examine key topics for the connected home, including portable entertainment devices, home networking, digital distribution of media, and global consumer research on digital products and services.

“In 2005, U.S. consumers will spend more than $200 billion on entertainment products and services — and that amount will continue to increase over the years,” said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst for Parks Associates. “These sessions will examine the consumer and technological trends driving this growth — and what CES attendees can do to capitalize on the many opportunities within these industries.”

2006 International CES will take place January 5-8, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The CONNECTIONS sessions will take place in the South Hall, Room S106/107:

Fun on the Run: Portable Entertainment Devices (Jan 5, 10:30 a.m.)
Reaching the Unreachable Consumer: Advertising in the Digital Age (Jan 5, 12:00 p.m.)
Making Media Meaningful: TV on Consumers’ Terms (Jan 5, 1:30 p.m.)
Next Steps Digital: Enabling a Whole-Home Entertainment Experience (Jan 5, 2:45 p.m.)
Making the Network Work (Jan 6, 10:30 a.m.)
Going Global: Understanding Buyer Preferences for Digital Services (Jan 6, 12:00 p.m.)

Confirmed speakers for the sessions include:

Robert Acker, Vice President, Music Services, RealNetworks, Inc.
Jamie Berger, Vice President & General Manager, Consumer Products Division, IGN Entertainment Inc.
Richard J. Caballero, Director, Product Line Mgt. DSL, SupportSoft
Ron Cates, Vice President, North America Sales & Marketing, Metalink
Christophe Duverne, Chairman, NFC Forum and Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Identification, Philips Semiconductors, Royal Philips Electronics, Semiconductor Division
Mark Cook, Director, Imaging Systems, Eastman Kodak Company
Dr. Beth Erez, VP Strategic Alliances, NDS
Scott Ferris, SVP and GM, Atlas On Demand
Inder Gopal, Chief Product Officer, Sereniti Inc.
Ed Graczyk, Director of Marketing & Communications, Microsoft Corporation
Seth Kenvin, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, BigBand Networks
Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Selina Lo, President & CEO, Ruckus Wireless (formerly Video54)
Ken Morse, Vice President, Client Architecture, Scientific-Atlanta
Francesco Prato, Business Development Manager for NFC, Philips Semiconductors
Paul Sandberg, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Business Unit Home, Philips Semiconductors, Philips
Steve Shannon, Founder and Executive Vice President, Akimbo
Scott Smyers, VP Network and Systems Architecture, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
Roland Van der Meer, CoFounder and Partner, ComVentures
Chris Wimmer, IPTV Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Dave Whetstone, Chief Marketing Officer, MobiTV
Russell Zack, Chief Operating Officer, Cauldron Solutions

CONNECTIONS: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase, produced by Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, is the largest international executive conference for digital home technologies. Registration for these sessions is directly through CES. Please visit www.cesweb.org to register. In 2006, CONNECTIONS will take place May 2-4, 2006, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. For information about sponsoring CONNECTIONS, contact sales@parksassociates.com or call 972-490-1113.

About CONNECTIONS
CONNECTIONS: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase, produced by Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, is the largest international executive conference for digital home technologies.

This executive conference features 80+ sponsors and 90+ speakers supporting the industry through their participation. With 700+ attendees, the conference will focus on the following market areas: Digital Entertainment and Multimedia Applications; Home Networking and Residential Gateways; Consumer Mobility and Device/Content Portability; Applications, Services, and Consumer Value; and Home Controls, Security, and Health Management . http://www.connectionsconference.com.

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About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is a market research and consulting firm focused on all product and service segments that are “digital” or provide connectivity within the home. The company’s expertise includes home networks, digital entertainment, consumer electronics, broadband and Internet services, and home systems.

Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, multiclient studies, consumer research, workshops, and custom-tailored client solutions. Parks Associates also hosts Fall Focus and co-hosts CONNECTIONS (in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association) each year. http://www.parksassociates.com

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