Parks Associates estimates the U.S. will have over 190 million online video users by 2017

International research firm will bring together industry leaders at CES 2014 to address smarthome and entertainment solutions at CONNECTIONS™ Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - New consumer research from Parks Associates estimates the U.S. will have 191 million online video users and nearly 70 million smart-TV households by 2017.


Parks Associates will host the 9th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Profiting from Connected Home Devices & Services on January 7 at 2014 International CES, in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), North Hall, N264. The one-day event, sponsored by AT&T Digital Life, Lowe's, Pie Digital, and Radialpoint, will address connected devices, home controls platforms, second-screen services, and new services being offered to consumers.

"More than 50% of U.S. broadband households have a connection between a TV and the Internet, while the average broadband user is watching 1.6 hours of video on a mobile phone each week," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "With increasing connectivity, every household screen can be repurposed by a different market segment to provide new smarthome and entertainment services."

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES examines the challenges and opportunities for the major players in this changing ecosystem. Sessions feature insightful discussions, including Parks Associates consumer data and industry perspectives from the panel participants:
Home Monitoring and Control: Attracting New Subscribers
Consumer Tech Support: Advanced Tools and Infrastructure
The Internet of Things: Connected Home Platforms and Devices
Monetizing Second-screen Services
Evolution of the Smart TV
New Connected CE Business Models

Preliminary list of panelists include:
Eric Anderson, VP, Content and Product Solutions, Samsung
Alan Atkins, VP and Global Head M2M, Wipro Technologies
Richard Bullwinkle, Head, US Television Innovation, Samsung
Manoj (Marc) Chandiramani, VP, Technical Solutions Group, Quatrro Global Services
Shane Dyer, President, Arrayent, Inc.
Mike Fitzsimmons, CEO, Delivery Agent
David Foote, CTO, Hitachi
Jason Forbes, EVP & Managing Director, Zeebox USA
Michael Hawkey, VP & GM, Sling Media
Jim Johnson, EVP, GM, iControl Networks
Frank Kouretas, VP Products and Marketing, Radialpoint
Kevin Meagher, VP, Smart Home, Lowe's
John Orcutt, CEO, Pie Digital
Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life
Murali Rajagopalan, SVP and Head of Product Engineering Services, MphasiS
Daniel Riddell, VP, Operations, SmartOTT | Wild TV
Scott Rosenberg, VP, Business Development, Roku
Henk Veldhuis, Director Standardization, Philips Lighting representing The Connected Lighting Alliance
Dietrich von Behren, VP, Digital Media & Investments, A+E Television Networks
Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance
Wendell Wenjen, Director, Advertising and Interactive TV Platforms, LG Electronics
Speaker TBD, Sutherland Global Services


Premier Sponsors include Lowe's, MphasiS, Sigma Designs, Support.com, and Verisure. The CONNECTIONS™ Summit reception sponsor is Lowe's. Event Sponsors are AT&T Digital Life, Pie Digital, and Radialpoint.

Registration for CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is available at http://www.cesweb.org/.

During CES 2014, Parks Associates will be in Booth #21935, South Hall 1. For information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, or visit http://www.connectionssummit.com.

Analysts are available to comment on CES announcements and launches. Contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com for information, including specific research data requests.

About CONNECTIONS Summit
CONNECTIONS™ Summit, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, features consumer research and analysis with sessions hosting leading executives from the connected home community. The interactive panel discussions focus on new business models, monetization strategies, and adoption rates for technologies and services for the digital home and digital lifestyle. Parks Associates provides a unique perspective and hosts a professional event by combining industry knowledge and consumer data. http://www.connectionssummit.com

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.

http://www.parksassociates.com

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