Parks Associates estimates smart TV penetration will reach 57% in Western Europe this year

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: IoT and the Connected Consumer features Centrica and Deutsche Telekom keynotes

Dallas, Texas, July 25, 2017 - International IoT research firm Parks Associates announced new research today showing that smart TV penetration will reach 57% in Western Europe this year. This growth comes as the connectivity rates for smart TV are also increasing; in the U.S., 82% of smart TV owners connect their device to the Internet. New use cases for connected CE, including smart home applications, are helping device owners find new value in their connected devices. Parks Associates and industry-leading executives will address these new use cases in the European smart home and IoT market at the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: IoT and the Connected Consumer, 1-2 November 2017 at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel.

"The TV's role in the home is evolving," said Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. "Smart TVs are a source of entertainment independent of the set-top box and other connected streaming media devices. They are becoming an interface for smart home devices and a viewing platform for video streams from networked security cameras and video doorbells. Google Home also introduced the capability to cast visual search results from voice interactions to any Google Cast-enabled device, such as a smart TV, effectively making the television a large-format viewing app. At CONNECTIONS™ Europe, we will examine different strategies to deliver a premium user experience in the smart home, including new interface and voice control options."

CONNECTIONS™ Europe features high-level speakers from the top European and international companies in the digital living ecosystem. The event will focus on new technology innovations and emerging business models in the IoT and smart home. Specifically, conference topics focus on disruptions from innovative technologies and new business models and their impact on the converging smart home ecosystems.

Keynotes include:
• Sudeep Maitra, Global VP, Strategy and Development, Centrica
• Matthias Mieves, Head of New Business, Sales & Marketing Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Additional confirmed speakers include:
• Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance
• Dan Radu Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender
• Tali Chen, CVP, Corporate Development and Chief Evangelist, DSP Group
• Charles Dawes, Sr. Director, International Marketing, TiVo
• Marco Dorjee, CEO, IO-3
• Bernd Grohmann, EVP, eQ-3 AG
• Kristian Järnefelt, EVP, F-Secure Corporation
• Cees Links, GM Wireless Connectivity, Qorvo
• Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek
• Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director EMEA, Eagle Eye Networks, Inc.
• Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder, Head of Growth, mnubo
• Christopher Schouten, Sr. Director Product Marketing-Content Protection, Kudelski Security
• Espen Schrøder, COO, sfty AS
• Matt Smith, VP, Principal Media Evangelist, Brightcove
• Joep van Eijden, Z-Wave Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs
• Rafi Zauer, Head, Marketing, Essence

Conference sponsors include Homematic IP, Qorvo, Amazon Alexa, ASSA ABLOY, Ayla Networks, Deutsche Telekom, mnubo, ROC-Connect, ULE Alliance, Z-Wave, ZigBee Alliance, and MivaTek.

For more information on this year's CONNECTIONS™ Europe conference, visit or contact, 972-490-1113. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or to request specific research data, contact Julia Homier at, 972-996-0202.

Produced by Parks Associates, the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is a two-day executive conference focused on the impact of IoT on the consumer. The event explores innovative business strategies, new crossover industry partnerships, and advancements in IoT solutions that are creating more consumer engagement and business opportunities for smart home, cloud services, and connected entertainment solutions. Parks Associates industry analysts moderate all sessions, with discussion, insights, and networking with leading executives representing all IoT ecosystems.
CONNECTIONS™ Europe will take place 1-2 November 2017 in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel.

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