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Panelists from Best Buy, NETGEAR, D-Link, Actiontec, VentureBeat to discuss entertainment networking in special MoCA� session at CONNECTIONS�


Dallas, Texas, April 2, 2008 - Parks Associates and CEA� today announced a Super Session on entertainment networking, hosted by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA�) at CONNECTIONS�: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase on June 25 at 9 a.m.

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 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.

MoCA's super session, "Entertaining Home Connectivity," will feature panelists from leading CE vendors NETGEAR, D-Link, and Actiontec Electronics and the number-one retailer Best Buy as well as Dean Takahashi, lead writer for digital media at VentureBeat, a blog on venture capital and start-ups. These experts in retail and consumer electronics will share their experiences and predictions for the entertainment networking market. They will also take questions from the audience regarding the consumer environment for HD video distribution in and around the home.

"In-store purchases accounted for two-thirds of home networking purchases made in 2007," said Kurt Scherf, vice president, principal analyst, Parks Associates. "With about one-third of U.S. households now with a network, the critical next stage will include upgrades and enhancements. How well the retail channel educates consumers and showcases connected home solutions will be a critical component of the success of next-generation home networking solutions."

Visit for complete agenda, including speaker updates. For information about CONNECTIONS�, contact or call 972-490-1113.

CONNECTIONS�: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by leading research firm Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA�), is the premier executive event focused on the market developments and growth factors for advanced digital lifestyle solutions.

CONNECTIONS� sessions provide high-level research, knowledge, and analysis to over 1,000 executives from the converging industries developing products and services for consumers. Topics include IPTV and "TV 2.0," bundled services, consumer storage, mobile applications and content, social and digital media, and home and lifestyle management.

For twelve years, the following industries have participated at CONNECTIONS�: new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, software and middleware, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, and home control systems and security.