SOURCE: Parks Associates

Parks Associates

March 04, 2014 09:00 ET

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

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Mar 4, 2014) - 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,, Z-Wave, AlertMe, Linear, SmartRG, and GreenWave Reality.

Registration is open, and media are invited to secure press passes. For more information, visit Please follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US and #CONNUS14.

Hosted by research firm Parks Associates, CONNECTIONS™ features research presentations, keynotes, and interactive sessions focused on emerging technologies, value-added services, marketing strategies, and business models for the entertainment and smart home industries. For information, contact, 972-490-1113.

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