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MAY 12, 2011


CONNECTIONS™ Digital Living Conference to Examine $12 Billion Tech Support Market Next Month

Dell, EchoStar, iTOK.NET, and PlumChoice will discuss successful strategies and market dynamics for consumer tech support services

Parks Associates today announced "Technical Support as a Value-added Service" will be a key session at CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase in Santa Clara on Wednesday, June 29. Executives from Dell, EchoStar, iTOK.NET, and PlumChoice will join host Parks Associates to discuss opportunities across retail, OEM, service provider, and independent channels for consumer tech support services, a market that will approach $12 billion in U.S. revenues by 2015.

“As customer retention becomes the top priority in service provider strategies, tech support is an area where providers can significantly improve satisfaction and, with remote diagnosis and troubleshooting, set the stage for future fee-based services," said Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. "More than 65 million U.S. households, over 70% of all PC households, experienced a computer-related tech issue in 2010, which is an immense market yet to be fully tapped."

Parks Associates, which will host CONNECTIONS™ on June 28-30, will present new consumer and SMB research on current and future demand for tech support services.

New services gaining consumer interest include mobile support, Parks Associates says. Interest in security services for lost or stolen handsets, including remote lock, lost phone locator, and remote memory wipe, is high in over one-fourth of U.S. broadband households.

"Technical Support as a Value-added Service," moderated by Scherf, will feature the following executives:

Seth Bailey, CEO, iTOK.NET
John Fisher, CTO & CSA, Troppus Software; VP, Product & Technology, EchoStar Technologies
Wynn Grubbs, VP, Business Development and Marketing, PlumChoice
Luigi Lenguito, WorldWide Services Marketing - Consumer & Small/Medium Business, Dell
Jordan Socran
, Senior Director of Global Sales and Business Development, Radialpoint

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors are Association Sponsor CEA®; Platinum Sponsors IBM and Technicolor; Gold Sponsors Affinegy, Allegro, HCL, and Rovi; Silver Sponsors AwoX; Hitachi; Independa; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; and PlumChoice; and Bronze Sponsors AlertMe, EchoStar, HomePNA, iTOK.NET, mgMEDIA, Minerva Networks, and RoxioNow.

Premier Program Members are HCL; IBM; LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company; Motorola Mobility; PacketVideo; PlumChoice; Rovi; Sigma Designs; and Technicolor. Visit www.connectionsus.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates provides business intelligence and research services through its proprietary methodologies developed over decades, including quarterly surveys of 10,000 internet households.

The company's expertise crosses many industries: home security and smart home, streaming video, broadband and pay-TV services, digital media and platforms, gaming, Wi-Fi and home networks, connected health, support, consumer electronics, home control systems, energy management, and tech solutions for the multi-dwelling (MDU), small-to-medium business (SMB), and commercial building markets.

Each year, Parks Associates brings thousands of leaders together for its webinars and annual events. The firm hosts the annual executive research and strategy conferences CONNECTIONS™, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit, Smart Spaces, and Future of Video. https://www.parksassociates.com