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March 17, 2015

Verizon, Nest, Samsung, and Comcast to address the intersection of Connected Entertainment, Smart Home, and IoT Markets at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates estimates U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.4 hours of Internet video per week and have an average of 7.5 devices connected to the Internet, including a mixture of tablets, smartphones, PCs/routers, and connected CE. At the same time, 69% of U.S. broadband households are willing to pay $2.99 per month for a bundle of smart energy services. Parks Associates will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 19-21, in San Francisco, to explore new and innovative strategies to monetize content, monitoring, and entertainment services in the connected home while creating a personalized and seamless experience for the consumer.

“Consumers recognize the expansive possibilities inherent in the connected home, where they can leverage the same connectivity to stream a movie, control their thermostat, and secure the home,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “Strategic partnerships are quickly becoming a competitive advantage for industries offering products and services to the connected consumer. CONNECTIONS™ explores the full range of possibilities for companies active in the connected home, including new ways to monetize technologies and add value to offerings through unique partnerships, targeted marketing messages, and emerging sectors, such as wearables and the connected car.”

The 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™ will be held May 19-21 in San Francisco and will address challenges as the smart home and connected entertainment industries continue to converge. Keynote speakers include the following:

  • Eric Anderson, VP, Content and Product Solutions; GM, Smart Home, Samsung
  • Farooq Muzaffar, VP,  Corporate Strategy & Development, Verizon
  • Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable
  • Mike Soucie, Head, Consumer Product Partnerships, Nest

Current list of speakers:

2015 Speakers


Panasonic - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

Todd H. Rytting
Chief Technology Officer
Panasonic Corporation of North America

Comcast - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

Daniel Herscovici
SVP & GM, Xfinity Home
Comcast Cable

Verizon - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

Farooq Muzaffar
Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development

Nest, Google Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2015

Mike Soucie
Head of Consumer Product Partnerships

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life


Tim Alessi, Director - New Product Development, LG Electronics

Amena Ali, Senior VP and GM, WeatherBug Home

Jeff Allen, VP Business and Corporate Development, Clearleap

Satish Annapureddy, Sr Director, Strategy & Business Development, NeuLion

Sefy Ariely, EVP Americas, Viaccess-Orca

Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Leah Belsky, Senior Vice President of Operations, Kaltura

Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Greg Blackett, Senior Product Manager, Tyco

Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion

Chris Boross, President, Thread Group

Kris Bowring, Director of Business Development, Iris Smart Home Business Unit, New Business, Lowe’s

Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant, an NRG Company

Steve Christian, SVP, Marketing, Verimatrix


Jason Donahue, Senior Product Manager, Jawbone 

Chris Drake, Vice President, thePlatform

John Driver, Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo

Kristine Faulkner, VP/GM Home Security & Smart Home, Cox

Manny Fernandez, CEO/Co-founder, DreamFunded.com

Mike Fisher, Head of Strategy and Innovation, BrightLine

Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub

David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks

Daren Gill, Vice President of Products, Advanced Search and Recommendations, Rovi Corporation

Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio

David Glickman, Co-Founder and COO, Lively

Larry Goldman, Director, North American Sales & Business Development, Kwikset

David Grubb, Chief Technical Officer for Cloud Solutions, ARRIS

Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, CEL

Rick Herman, Chief Strategy Officer, MobiTV

Kurt Hoppe, VP, Applications & Services, Prodea

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Dr. Todd Hylton, EVP, Brain Corporation

Jason Johnson, Co-founder and CEO, August

Greg Jones, Business Development Director, MisFit

Philip Jones, Product Information Manager - Video, Sony

V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PlanetEcosystems

Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends

Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Joesph Y. Ko, Chairman & CEO, TechKo Maid Inc.

Chris Koverman, VP Engineering and Operations, Support.com

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy

George Land, Business Director, Nexia Home Intelligence, the Ingersoll Rand company

Tom Lattie, VP, Market Management & Development, Video Products, Harmonic

Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku

Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

Stephen Ludin, Chief Architect, Akamai Technologies

Scott Maddux, Vice President, Business Development, Gracenote

Kenny Mathers, Senior Director, MediaTek Inc.

Adam Mayer, Vice President & General Manager, IntelligentHome, Time Warner Cable

Don McCullough, Director, Strategic Communications, Ericsson

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks

Ralph Morales III, Innovation Architech, Hewlett Packard

Nancy Nunziati, Vice President of Marketing, Neato Robotics

Jim O'Neill, Principal Analyst, Ooyala

Chris Otto, VP of Business and Product Development, MobileHelp

Amanda Parrilli, Director, Strategic Business Development, The Home Depot

Duane Paulson, SVP Product and Market Development, Nortek Security & Control

Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Ryan Petty, Vice President, Product Development & Innovation, ADT Security Services

Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development, QNX Software Systems

Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Rob Puric, Director - Product Management Connected Home, Honeywell

Jen Robinson, CTO, AwesomenessTV

Stuart Rosove, VP, Advanced Solutions, Irdeto

Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic

Eran Sandhaus, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Adam Sager, CEO & Co-founder, Canary

Sridhar Santhanam, Founder & CEO, HFN Inc. / Nanoheal

Curt Schacker, VP, Connected Devices, EVRYTHNG

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder, ROC-Connect

Tal Schierau, VP Sales and Account Management, Radialpoint

Ted Schremp, CEO, PEQ

Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products

Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

Geoff Snyder, Vice President, Business Development, Pandora

Darrell Sontag, Vice President, Marketing, Honeywell Life Care

Mark Spates, Head of Connected Home Platform, Logitech

Jody Stark, EVP - Commercial Strategy, Piksel

Mike Talvensaari, VP Product Management, Wowza Media Systems

Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks 

Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions, Amdocs

Mike Tinskey, Global Director of Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

Jeff Unterreiner, Senior Vice President, Connected Living, Assurant Solutions

John Valiton, Chief Business Development Officer, Playtabase

Ali Vassigh, Director of User Experience, Roku

Nick Warnock, President, Wellograph, Inc

Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture, Plantronics

Chris Williams, Senior Director Product Strategy, Time Warner Cable

Robin Wilson, VP Business Development, NAGRA

Brett Worthington, VP - General Manager, Wink

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Özgür Yildirim, North America Business Unit EVP & General Manager, AirTies

Yoel Zanger, CEO and Founder, Giraffic Technologies



Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Barbara Kraus, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Tejas Mehta, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates


“We look forward to addressing the reality of the connected home space at CONNECTIONS™,” Sikes said. “Consumer interest in new smart home solutions is increasing alongside demand for OTT video services and connected devices, especially as they can use their mobile devices to connect and control all their entertainment and smart home services. At CONNECTIONS™, we will explore personalized options to access content, new ways to control different systems in the home, and services that require innovative partnerships between industry players to create the best consumer experience in the connected home.”

Research from Parks Associates reveals the current adoption and use for connected products and services:

  • U.S. broadband households spend more than $6 per month on average on subscription OTT video services.
  • 66% of U.S. broadband households have at least one Internet-connected CE device, including a smart TV, Blu-ray player, game console, PVR, and/or streaming media device.
  • 38% of U.S. broadband households have a smart TV; 77% of households with a smart TV have the device connected to the Internet.

Registration is open, and media are invited to secure press passes.  For more information about CONNECTIONS™, visit www.connectionsus.com. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS15, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.


Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.