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More than half of US broadband households now own a smart TV and US consumers are set to buy more than 485 million connected devices in 2021 according to surveys from Parks Associates.

parks smartdevices 23May2018The findings, released on the eve of the Connections connected home conference, confirm the rapid convergence of connected entertainment and the smart home. The company says that US consumers have begun to embrace a variety of devices, including smart speakers, smart TVs with voice control.

In total, Parks predicts that US consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, it believes that sales will exceed 520 million units.

Yet Parks warns that as cord-cutting and consuming media on mobile devices bring about change in the market, new challenges will arise. Among these will be content discovery particularly as apps become the new form of channels and standards.

“In order to truly thrive, the smart home of the future must expand its ease of use through universal interoperability standards,” explained Manar Alazma, vice president of product management, communication service providers at conversational and cognitive AI firm Nuance Communications. This common language for the smart home will facilitate the open flow of information and seamless handoff between different devices, connected services, and digital assistant platforms in the home. These standards will also provide a pathway for developers to add new features and update services throughout the home with ease.”