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March 4, 2014


Digital Media, Content Distribution, Apps, Smart Home and Internet of Things are key focus at 2014 CONNECTIONS™

Annual Conference focuses on new growth opportunities and partnerships for the connected consumer

Following a successful Smart Energy Summit in February, Parks Associates will host the 18th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference May 13-15, 2014, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.  This year’s keynotes—ARRIS, AT&T, iControl Networks, and Lowe’s—will join industry leaders and Parks Associates analysts to address technology developments and trends in the entertainment and smart home industries.

Parks Associates research shows over 80% of U.S. broadband households now have a home network, and the average household has 6.7 connected CE devices, including desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and streaming media players.

“Technology and video content, as well as home controls and security, are rapidly converging,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “CONNECTIONS™ features discussions, networking, and presentations among engaged industry leaders from all consumer market segments who are dedicated to finding business solutions to increase consumer adoption of new smart home and entertainment services.”

2014 Keynote speakers include:

  • Greg Roberts, VP, Marketing, iControl Networks
  • GW Shaw, VP, U-verse and Video Products, AT&T
  • Kevin Meagher, VP & GM, Smart Home, Lowe's
  • Charles Cheevers, CTO Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

Over 350 executives from start-ups, Fortune 500, venture capitalists, public relations, and media companies participate in and attend CONNECTIONS™. Industries represented include new media; digital entertainment and gaming; home networks; Internet and television services; software and middleware; digital health; mobile apps and services; advanced advertising; consumer electronics; home controls systems and security; and energy management.

2014 session topics include:

  • The Connected Home & Consumers: Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities
  • Rocking the Boat: Innovations Driving New User Experiences
  • The Changing Role and Revenue Potential of Connected CE
  • Wearable Computing: Driving New Connected Home Experiences
  • Apps and Innovations for Entertainment Content, Services, and Devices
  • Tech Support: Connected Home Strategies and Solutions
  • OTT Services in a Pay-TV World
  • Integrating Products and Smart Home Platforms
  • Managing Multiscreen Advertising: Data, Engagement, and Revenues
  • Smart Home Bundled Services: Crossing Industry Sectors to Meet Consumer Demand
  • Cracking the Window: New Trends in Content Rights
  • Extending Services to Connected Devices: APIs for Business Innovations
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Forecasts for Connected Home & Entertainment Solutions
  • Young Consumers and the Future of Video Services
  • Tomorrow’s Set-top Boxes
  • Winning Business Models for the Connected Home
  • Future of the Connected Home: Investment Perspectives Roundtable

Early sponsors for 2014 CONNECTIONS™ include iControl Networks, Amdocs, Lowe's, Qualcomm, Arrayent, NETGEAR, Support.com, Z-Wave, AlertMe, Linear, SmartRG, and GreenWave Reality.

All CONNECTIONS™ sessions will feature research from Parks Associates, including industry reports such as the newly released OTT in a Pay-TV World and New Trends in Digital Delivery and CDNs and whitepapers such as Smart TV Unleashed: Engagement through Cognition and Connected Health Opportunities for Service Providers.

Registration is open, and media are invited to secure press passes.  For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. Please follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US and #CONNUS14. Join the connected home conversation on our CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog at http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/category/industry-insights.

Parks Associates hosts several conferences each year, including the CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, the Smart Energy Summit, CONNECTIONS™ Europe, and, new in 2014, the Connected Health Summit.  

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. The event provides a day of pre-show research workshops highlighting Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis and two days of conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, forecasts for new products and services, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

The event provides executive networking opportunities and insights from industry leaders on entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.