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JUL 19, 2012


Parks Associates Announces 7th Annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

Global market research firm seeks top-level speakers to discuss connected home markets and partnership strategies

As registration opens for 2013 International CES, Parks Associates today announced the agenda and call for papers for CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, taking place January 8 at 2013 International CES, Las Vegas. The seventh-annual event, which has featured speakers from Verizon, Best Buy, IBM, and Motorola in the past, includes executive sessions moderated by Parks Associates' analysts. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES focuses on innovative business strategies and partnership opportunities for service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies in the connected home.

"Over 70% of U.S. households will have broadband in 2012, which is opening the connected home to new services delivered on smart TVs, tablets, and smartphones," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "These screens are providing online video, digital content, and personalized services but are also enhancing home management, security, and controls. At CONNECTIONS™ Summit, we will discuss the outlook for the connected home in 2013, analyze consumers' complicated relationship with their technology, and address partnership and business strategies for companies to build recurring revenues."

Parks Associates is seeking speakers for the following sessions at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES: Business Models and Market Strategies for the Connected Home:

  • Connected Home Partnerships: OEMs and Telecom, Security, and Home Control Service Providers
  • Second-Screen Experiences and Revenue Opportunities
  • Smart TVs and the Future of Entertainment
  • New Opportunities in Tech Support Services
  • Multiscreen Services: Where Connected CE meets OTT

Each session features new research from Parks Associates tracking the growth of connected devices, consumer demand for new value-added services such as tech support and TV Everywhere, and new revenue streams in advertising:

  • 56% of smart TV owners and 50% with an Internet-connectable Blu-ray player have the device connected to the Internet
  • A provider can capture 40% of the U.S. broadband household market with a bundle of energy monitoring and home security and monitoring services
  • Revenues from U.S. consumer tech support services will exceed $17 billion in 2016, with nearly $7 billion in home computer and networking support
  • Online video revenues for transactional rentals, downloads, and subscription services in North America and Western Europe will reach nearly $16 billion in 2015
  • 45% of U.S. consumers are comfortable with targeted ads based on their viewing habits

CONNECTIONS™ Summit includes support from Premier Program Members, which include Affinegy, Digitalsmiths, IBM, Irdeto, PacketVideo, Radialpoint, Siemens, and Sigma Designs.

Parks Associates is also hosting CONNECTIONS™ Europe, 13-14 November 2012, in Amsterdam. Visit http://www.parksassociates.com.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, is an annual research and industry event on the first day of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and includes panel discussions on the smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), and connected consumer.

The 2015 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 6, 2015, during CES Tech West at The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, contact sales@parksassociates.com or call 972-490-1113 or visit www.connectionssummit.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers.

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