> The PDA analogy doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. PDAs were becoming increasingly
> popular with businesses with the increasing capacity of cellular service. The
> BlackBerry was starting to become desirable for consumers. It was only a matter of
> time when the market would grow, which is more to do with 4G than with Apple. Note
> Android phones have the highest market share.
> There’s no sign of that for Atari here.
You haven't heard of Apple TV? The other most successful big player is Roku, if Atari can steal their lunch then they have a chance. There are certainly a lot of bad things about Roku that they could improve upon.
There are also the Kodi boxes, which have a large market share but this is mainly due to illegal streaming. So it would be a risk for Atari to publicly target that market, but it would certainly be an extra string to it's bow if it was possible to use it too.
Android TV is doing ok because it's bundled with TV's, the stand alone boxes don't seem to be doing so well. They tend to be cheap and low powered. Which is certainly something that Atari have done differently.
There is a long history of players coming in and stealing lunch. There was a time when home video games was Atari, then Nintendo & Sega, then Sony, Nintendo & Sega, then Sony, Nintendo & Microsoft. The market has changed before, therefore it must be possible for it to change again. It's becoming harder to tell Sony & Microsoft hardware apart, if they can't differentiate from each other then how can they differentiate from a new player?
It might not be Atari who pulls it off, but someone probably will.
There are certainly parallels between what happens in the "set top box" market with the evolution of the PDA to the smart phone.
Do you mean 4G? The original iPhone was 2G, a year later it was 3G. By the time 4G came out the smartphone had a huge market share. I don't think there was an untapped market of people who didn't have a phone or used a feature phone because they were waiting for smart phones to get faster transfer rates.
Edited by John Doe (10/29/17 11:24 AM)