ARRIS CTO to Deliver Keynote at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates and industry leaders to discuss role of set-tops in delivering enhanced video experiences, San Francisco, California, May 13-15

Dallas, Texas, April 29, 2014 - Parks Associates announced today that Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment for ARRIS, will present the CONNECTIONS™ morning keynote "Gateways and Set-Top Box Evolution: Powering the Future of Home Infotainment" on Wednesday, May 14. Cheevers will examine innovations in 4K, cloud services, and set-tops and their role in delivering a multiscreen, multiuser experience in the connected home.


The international research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 13-15 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. Parks Associates research finds video consumption among U.S. broadband households has increased from 23 hours per week in 2010 to almost 30 hours per week in 2014, with nearly 20 hours spent on the TV. Globally, over 60% of pay-TV households receive their service from a cable provider.

"Set-top boxes have to evolve to accommodate many new features, including interoperability among connected CE, while delivering the same high-quality user experience to multiple screens in the home," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "ARRIS has been a leader in IP, video, and broadband technology and has solidified its role with recent acquisitions of Motorola Mobility's Home division and SeaWell Networks. We are excited to host Mr. Cheevers at CONNECTIONS™."

"Today's consumers have high expectations of their broadband service and supplier and an increasing thirst for more bandwidth and lower latency services," Cheevers said. "Service providers need to deliver a new level of Quality of Service, multiscreen support and full-featured, simple navigation of services to their subscribers. The stakes are now higher too as they compete with CE services and their user experiences, but service providers still retain the key elements of the network delivery, including Wi-Fi, to ensure that they can provide the best connected experience."

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsor Cisco; Reception Sponsor iControl Networks; Silver Sponsors Amdocs, Lowe's, Qualcomm, and Support.com; 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 www.connectionsconference.com. Press registration is open. Please contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com to inquire about a meeting with a speaker or request specific research. Press passes are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/connections-presspass.

About CONNECTIONS™
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.

For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, or visit www.connectionsconference.com.

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