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April 29, 2014


ARRIS CTO to Deliver Keynote “Gateways and Set-Top Box Evolution: Powering the Future of Home Infotainment” at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates and industry leaders to discuss role of set-tops in delivering enhanced video experiences, San Francisco, California, May 13-15

Parks Associates announced today that Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment for ARRIS, will present the CONNECTIONS™ morning keynote “Gateways and Set-Top Box Evolution: Powering the Future of Home Infotainment” on Wednesday, May 14. Cheevers will examine innovations in 4K, cloud services, and set-tops and their role in delivering a multiscreen, multiuser experience in the connected home.

The international research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 13-15 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. Parks Associates research finds video consumption among U.S. broadband households has increased from 23 hours per week in 2010 to almost 30 hours per week in 2014, with nearly 20 hours spent on the TV. Globally, over 60% of pay-TV households receive their service from a cable provider.

"Set-top boxes have to evolve to accommodate many new features, including interoperability among connected CE, while delivering the same high-quality user experience to multiple screens in the home," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "ARRIS has been a leader in IP, video, and broadband technology and has solidified its role with recent acquisitions of Motorola Mobility's Home division and SeaWell Networks. We are excited to host Mr. Cheevers at CONNECTIONS™."

“Today’s consumers have high expectations of their broadband service and supplier and an increasing thirst for more bandwidth and lower latency services,” Cheevers said. “Service providers need to deliver a new level of Quality of Service, multiscreen support and full-featured, simple navigation of services to their subscribers. The stakes are now higher too as they compete with CE services and their user experiences, but service providers still retain the key elements of the network delivery, including Wi-Fi, to ensure that they can provide the best connected experience.”

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsor Cisco; Reception Sponsor iControl Networks; Silver Sponsors Amdocs, Lowe’s, Qualcomm, and Support.com; Bronze Sponsors ADT, Affinegy, Arrayent, HDMI, INSTEON, Logitech Harmony, NETGEAR, PlanetEcosystems, Silicon Image, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor NAGRA; Breakfast Sponsors Ayla Networks and GreenWave Reality; and Break Sponsors AlertMe, Honeywell, Linear, and SmartRG.

For more information, please visit www.connectionsconference.com. Press registration is open. Please contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com to inquire about a meeting with a speaker or request specific research. Press passes are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/connections-presspass.

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 more than 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop highlighting Parks Associates’ smart home insight consumer data.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.