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CONNECTIONS™ Summit at 2015 International CES.

from CONNECTIONS™ Summit 2014.

At CONNECTIONS™ Summit, leading executives share consumer and industry data on trends in CE, home systems, tech support, value-added services, and video. International research firm Parks Associates presents consumer and industry trends, new business models and technologies, and growth opportunities for companies developing products and services for the digital home.

The sessions feature groundbreaking research on connected devices and smart TVs, digital content and multiple platforms, value-added services and new roles for service providers, and strategies for monetizing it all.

JAN 6, 2015

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Internet of Things: Extending Value to Connected Devices

Smart products are entering the home in increasing numbers. Many products are purchased independently and are not part of a larger smart home system. OEMs have a variety of approaches available to extend the value of smart products, but they must decide how far up the smart home value chain they can play. This session examines the many decisions facing manufacturers of smart products.

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Consumer Demand for Next Gen TV Services

This session examines the role of the alternative set-top box among other connected TV devices in the home. Speakers explore the potential for the TV user experience and interface to be controlled by a third party, with a look at consumer demand, new technologies such as 4K, and how they will shape the evolution of the set-top box.

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Consumer Usage & Entertainment App Strategies

It has been said that the traditional pay TV business model will soon be shattered. Broadcasters, pay-TV providers, networks, and other players throughout the industry continue to invest in mobile apps related to the entertainment experience. Each player has its own goals and strategies, but in the end, consumers actively use only a handful of apps on the TV. This panel explores the consumer side of apps and the evolution of usage, including new strategies for players in the space.

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

1:15-2:30 p.m.

The Future of Streaming Media Players

Consumers are increasingly using devices such as streaming media boxes or game consoles to stream content to their TVs. What will be the role for these devices in the future of the video ecosystem?

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Holistic Tech Support for the Multiscreen Home

This panel examines new technologies enabling support offerings and the potential for new revenues and future opportunities as growth in connected devices sharpens the need for holistic support options.

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Platforms, Devices and Interoperability in the Smart Home

Consumer interest in the smart home crosses multiple categories, from security to white goods to energy, but the strength of that demand relies on a variety of products working seamlessly together. This session examines current efforts to achieve interoperability and its importance in realizing the vision of the connected home.

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

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