Top 10 Trends – The Outlook for the Connected Home 2016

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2015 was a year of ongoing change in the connected entertainment world.

Co-hosted by Lynx Technology
and Parks Associates

Pay-TV mergers and the new video services flooding the market were both key trends that will continue to shape the market in 2016. Consider these recent research findings from Parks Associates:

 - Today, 59% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service.
 - Two-thirds of broadband households own a connected entertainment device.
 - More than one-quarter own a streaming media player.

What will the New Year hold for connected entertainment? As 2016 begins, the industry is poised to jump into new opportunities and to experience new disruptions, not just in the U.S. but in most major markets around the world.

This webcast is scheduled two weeks after CES in Las Vegas, giving us opportunity to reflect on some of the interesting trends noted from CES and during Parks Associates' CONNECTIONS Summit held during CES.

During this special webcast, we will look at the top 10 trends that will shape the connected entertainment world and connected homes in 2016:

  • New and emerging video/entertainment products and services

  • Premium content production and licensing

  • Content delivery service platforms and infrastructure

  • Multidevice connectivity within the home and on the go

  • Emerging entertainment revenues and business models


John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Research, Director, Parks Associates


John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

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John Driver is CEO of Lynx Technology, which acquired PacketVideo’s (PV) North American and European operations in March 2015 along with license for Twonky, the world’s leading SDK that enables the best rich media experience for the products and services offered by CE companies, service providers, and content providers in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to the acquisition, John was PV’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, he was Co-Founder & CEO of JoynIn, a mobile commerce technology start-up. He also led global field marketing at Serena, a $275M enterprise software company, where he managed marketing teams across eight countries. John also led the enterprise & mid-market strategy team at Sun Microsystems, a $13B enterprise computer hardware & software company (since acquired by Oracle), across 15 global sales regions. John received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. John works in Lynx Technology’s San Diego headquarters office.

Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

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Glenn Hower currently studies entertainment content and delivery services. Glenn is experienced in entertainment content production and distribution systems with a particular emphasis on radio, television, and film content.

Glenn earned his BA in music with a focus on the music business and industry from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his MS and MBA from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

Industry Expertise: TV & Video Content Production, Content Licensing & Distribution, Television Services, Broadband Services, OTT Services, Digital Music

Brett Sappington, Research, Director, Parks Associates

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As a director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

Industry Expertise: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

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