Parks Associates: Smartphone ownership exceeds desktop ownership in U.S. broadband households

CONNECTIONS™ agenda features over 100 executives discussing connected entertainment, smart home, and Internet of Things

Dallas, Texas, May 12, 2015 –More U.S. households now own a smartphone than a desktop, according to new research that Parks Associates will discuss at the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 19-21, in San Francisco. In the last five years, desktop adoption declined from 90% to 69% among U.S. broadband households, while smartphone adoption increased from 36% to 78%. Tablet adoption increased from 7% to 63%.

“The U.S population has made a dramatic shift to mobile devices and services, which they are using to access content in the cloud and check the smart devices in their connected home,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “At CONNECTIONS™, we will analyze the implications of this new post-desktop world.”

Keynote Speakers:

Eric Anderson, VP, Content and Product Solutions; GM, Smart Home, Samsung

Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable

Farooq Muzaffar, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Verizon

Mike Soucie, Head of Consumer Product Partnerships, Nest

Fireside Chat Speakers:

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks

Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life


Tim Alessi, Director - New Product Development, LG Electronics

Amena Ali, Senior VP and GM, WeatherBug Home

Jeff Allen, VP Business and Corporate Development, Clearleap

Satish Annapureddy, Sr. Director, Strategy & Business Development, NeuLion

Sefy Ariely, EVP Americas, Viaccess-Orca

Mio Babic, President & CEO, iStreamPlanet

Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Leah Belsky, Senior Vice President of Operations, Kaltura

Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Greg Blackett, Senior Product Manager, Tyco

Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion

Chris Boross, President, Thread Group

Kris Bowring, Director of Business Development, Iris Smart Home Business Unit, New Business, Lowe’s

Justin Butler, VP of Commercial Development, Misfit

Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant, an NRG Company

Steve Christian, SVP, Marketing, Verimatrix


Jason Donahue, Senior Product Manager, Jawbone

Chris Drake, Vice President, thePlatform

John Driver, Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo

Kristine Faulkner, VP/GM Home Security & Smart Home, Cox

Manny Fernandez, CEO/Co-founder,

Mike Fisher, Head of Strategy and Innovation, BrightLine

Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub

David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks

Daren Gill, Vice President of Products, Advanced Search and Recommendations, Rovi Corporation

David Glickman, Co-Founder and COO, Lively

Larry Goldman, Director, North American Sales & Business Development, Kwikset

David Grubb, Chief Technical Officer for Cloud Solutions, ARRIS

Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, CEL

Rick Herman, Chief Strategy Officer, MobiTV

Joseph Hopkins, VP of Sales for Media & Entertainment, Verizon Digital Media Services

Kurt Hoppe, VP, Applications & Services, Prodea

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Dr. Todd Hylton, EVP, Brain Corporation

Jason Johnson, Co-founder and CEO, August

Philip Jones, Product Information Manager - Video, Sony

V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PlanetEcosystems

Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends

Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing,

Joesph Y. Ko, Chairman & CEO, TechKo Maid Inc.

Chris Koverman, VP Engineering and Operations,

Kshitij Kumar, Big Data Consulting Practice Leader, Ericsson

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy

George Land, Business Director, Nexia Home Intelligence, the Ingersoll Rand company

Tom Lattie, VP, Market Management & Development, Video Products, Harmonic

Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku

Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

Stephen Ludin, Chief Architect, Akamai Technologies

Scott Maddux, Vice President, Business Development, Gracenote

Kenny Mathers, Senior Director, MediaTek Inc.

Adam Mayer, Vice President & General Manager, IntelligentHome, Time Warner Cable

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks

Ralph Morales III, Innovation Architech, Hewlett Packard

Nancy Nunziati, Vice President of Marketing, Neato Robotics

Jim O'Neill, Principal Analyst, Ooyala

Chris Otto, VP of Business and Product Development, MobileHelp

Amanda Parrilli, Director, Strategic Business Development, The Home Depot

Duane Paulson, SVP Product and Market Development, Nortek Security & Control

Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Ryan Petty, Vice President, Product Development & Innovation, ADT Security Services

Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development, QNX Software Systems

Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Rob Puric, Director - Product Management Connected Home, Honeywell

Vishnu Rao, Director-Connected Platform, Sharp

Jen Robinson, CTO, AwesomenessTV

Stuart Rosove, VP, Advanced Solutions, Irdeto

Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic

Eran Sandhaus, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Adam Sager, CEO & Co-founder, Canary

Sridhar Santhanam, Founder & CEO, HFN Inc. / Nanoheal

Curt Schacker, VP, Connected Devices, EVRYTHNG

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder, ROC-Connect

Tal Schierau, VP Sales and Account Management, Radialpoint

Ted Schremp, CEO, PEQ

Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products

Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

Geoff Snyder, Vice President, Business Development, Pandora

Darrell Sontag, Vice President, Marketing, Honeywell Life Care

Mark Spates, Head of Connected Home Platform, Logitech

Jody Stark, EVP - Commercial Strategy, Piksel

Mike Talvensaari, VP Product Management, Wowza Media Systems

Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks

Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions, Amdocs

Mike Tinskey, Global Director of Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

Jeff Unterreiner, Senior Vice President, Connected Living, Assurant Solutions

John Valiton, Chief Business Development Officer, Playtabase

Ali Vassigh, Director of User Experience, Roku

Nick Warnock, President, Wellograph, Inc

Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture, Plantronics

Chris Williams, Senior Director Product Strategy, Time Warner Cable

Robin Wilson, VP Business Development, NAGRA

Brett Worthington, VP - General Manager, Wink

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Özgür Yildirim, North America Business Unit EVP & General Manager, AirTies

Yoel Zanger, CEO and Founder, Giraffic Technologies

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors include Icontrol Networks, CEL, Assurant Solutions, Asurion, HP, Lowe’s, Qualcomm, Resolution Products, ROC-Connect,, Affinegy,, Ayla Networks, EVRYTHNG, INSTEON, PlanetEcosystems, PlumChoice, Prodea, Tyco, ULE Alliance, WeatherBug Home, Z-Wave, Greenwave Systems, Radialpoint, Zipato, AirTies, Amdocs, MivaTek, and Nortek Security & Control.

Media and organizations supporting the event include CEDIA, TWICE, AE Ventures, Appliance DESIGN Magazine, Best Web Design Agencies,, Bluetooth SIG, BoogarLists, Cablefax, Conference Guru, Connected Home World, CTIA, Digital Trends, Entertainment Merchants Association, FierceCable, FierceMobileIT, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, HDTV Magazine, Home Energy Magazine, Home Gateway Initiative, HomePlug Alliance,, Innovation & Tech Today, IOT Insights, IoT Perspectives, Light Reading, Mobile Monday, MoCA, NexTV Latam, NFC Forum, Online Payments Market Guide, OSP Magazine, TelcoProfessionals, The Paypers, Thread Group,, U-SNAP Alliance, UMTS Forum, Visibility Magazine, and Women Who Code.

Registration is open, and media are invited to secure a press pass. For more information about CONNECTIONS™, visit Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS15, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog.To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker, contact Holly Sprague at, 720.987.6614.


The 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ hosts over 400 executives in the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries in an intimate networking environment.

The event provides networking opportunities and insights from industry players on entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Parks Associates research analysts moderate each session, which feature consumer research on adoption and trends, forecasts of new products and services, evaluation of new business strategies, and concrete recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services. Throughout the three-day event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, or visit