SOURCE: Parks Associates

Parks Associates

May 07, 2014 09:00 ET

Nearly Two-Thirds of California Broadband Households Have a Connected CE Device

California Technology Companies Will Address the Market at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, San Francisco, May 13-15

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - New research from Parks Associates finds 65% of broadband households in California have at least one connected CE device, such as a smart TV, streaming media player, or Google Chromecast. The firm, which will host the 18th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference May 13-15 in San Francisco, said that 50% of California broadband households regularly use a computer to watch movies and TV programs, while 23% use a tablet and 18% use a smartphone to watch video content, all slightly higher than the national average.

"California technology companies are at the forefront of the connected home market, with leaders like Roku, TiVo, NETGEAR,, iControl Networks, and Sling Media creating powerful solutions to meet consumer demand," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "We are excited to hear from these industry leaders at CONNECTIONS™ in San Francisco next week."

The three-day conference features keynote addresses from AT&T, ARRIS, Ericsson, Cisco, and iControl Networks as well as interactive sessions involving more than 90 high-level executives, including 38 California-based industry leaders.

"This year's CONNECTIONS™ conference features thought leaders across the entire connected home industry with diverse backgrounds and opinions -- with California-based companies being exceptionally well represented during every session. I expect all of the sessions to be original and thought-provoking," said Jeff Wilson, Director of Product Management, NETGEAR.

"The process of content discovery, delivery and consumption is not only shaping consumer behavior, but defining the true leaders in today's consumer electronics marketplace. Brands and technology that see around the corner and create innovative ways to reduce the hurdles in the experience will attract consumers and materially alter the landscape. The CONNECTIONS™ conference is a tremendous platform to discuss the myriad of approaches and devices inside and outside of the home that deliver on consumer's expectations today and in the future," said Jim Denney, Vice President, General Manager, Product Marketing, TiVo.

The conference will conclude with a special session featuring analysis and discussion with investors in the connected home space, "Future of the Connected Home: Investment Perspectives Roundtable," 1:30 p.m., May 15:

  • Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
  • Manny Fernandez, Founder, SF Angels Group; CEO/Co-Founder,
  • Dan Gordon, Technology Partner, Valhalla Partners
  • Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends
  • Tomasz Tunguz, Partner, Redpoint Ventures
  • Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

The following California-based companies will participate at CONNECTIONS™. Their speaking engagements and the conference agenda can be found at

Arrayent, Inc.
Ayla Networks
Comcast Ventures
Discovery Digital Networks
EdgeCast Networks, Verizon
Electric Imp
Gracenote, Inc.
GreenWave Reality
HDMI Licensing, LLC
iControl Networks Inc
LG Electronics
Linear LLC
Ooyala Inc
People Power Co.
Redpoint Ventures
Samba TV
Samsung Electronics America
Silicon Image
Sling Media
Time Warner Cable
ZigBee Alliance

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsor Cisco; Reception Sponsor iControl Networks; Silver Sponsors Amdocs, Lowe's, Qualcomm, and; 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 Press registration is open. Please contact Holly Sprague at to inquire about a meeting with a speaker or request specific research. Press passes are available at

The 18th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 13-15, 2014, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. 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. 

The event provides interactive discussions, data on consumer trends, and market analysis, with strategic insights from industry players on entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. The event also features a showcase area where attendees can preview demos from event sponsors.

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