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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' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will feature multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021. The CONNECTIONS™ Community includes more than 1,300 senior executives from the smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation industries.

CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions focused on technology innovations, consumer research on adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis of industry trends in the smart home markets.

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

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com