Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
No it's more than just that. Bigger name companies have no reason to drop under a price threshold whether or not economies of scale support price drops until a cheaper solution is accepted by a large number of people starts to impact their online reviews and google product comparison hits
You may think that, but that's just not how "technology products" work in reality. This can be seen in countless examples throughout history. There doesn't need to be any alternatives accepted, just the actual thing being accepted and being bought/used in larger quantities is enough. If what you say were true regular consumer-level DVD players would have still cost $500 or so in 2000, which was five years after release. Of course this was not the case. There were no large number of people accepting any other cheaper solution, there were just a large number of people accepting DVD as the
solution. Similarly PS3 and 360 dropped in price several times before PS4 and Xbone were released and before any other "cheaper solutions" were developed by anyone else in console gaming.
These are just two out of countless
examples throughout history since perhaps the industrial revolution if not earlier. IMO you are
simply describing economies of scale. More people merely buying/using streamer devices, it being integrated into TVs, etc. as it has been, this will all bring the price down on its own. Other products will do it faster but even without them the price will come down.
As for the change from Windows and XBMC, sure, that might lower the price of Windows
, and may well help to increase the price of streamer devices, but XBMC is still a niche. 100k is still an order of magnitude
or perhaps even two (?), below the size of the market for consumer-level streamers and similar devices.
As said, I'm not really going to bother arguing something already clearly in history (and a topic, the RPi, I'm not really that interested in) so I'll just leave it at that. You seem to think RPi is revolutionising thing; I
still think you go into a Best Buy or whatever and stand beside the Roku products and ask everyone that picks one up if they know about RPi and how to use one and how they could use one instead, and you're not getting many YES responses.