Sonos ‘Home Theater OS’ could be the first push into TV streaming

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Sonos is reportedly developing a “home theater operating system” to help it play an even more central role in the living room, Protocol writing.

The smart speaker company has developed TV hardware in the recent past – namely the Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc – but recent job postings suggest it is looking to attract talent who has developed software for televisions, with a possible focus on multimedia streaming.

The next generation – The job postings focus on hires with experience developing software across multiple platforms, and Sonos doesn’t seem too shy about what they’ll be working on. A list for a “Core Platform Product Manager“should “define and drive the delivery of the next-generation Sonos home theater operating system.” Other roles, such as “UX Lead – Next Generation Home Theater Experience“should “work on all device surfaces (mobile, TV, tablet, and hardware remote) to deliver a next-gen content streaming experience.”

Adding one final intriguing ingredient to the future product stew, Sonos Chief Innovation Officer Nick Millington suggests the company is looking for candidates with “experience in leading partnerships and business development in a field related to streaming media (audio, video, games, sports, music, news, movies, television, news, podcasts)”.

Contribution has reached out to Sonos for comment Protocolit’s reports and will update if we hear more.

Another soundbar? — Protocol reports that Sonos has considered several ways to capitalize on the popularity of TV streaming, including partnering with TV makers to integrate the company’s audio technology into new TVs. The company has also reportedly considered turning its smart soundbars into media streaming devices, with the ability to run apps. Not unlike Roku Cast Baror the Apple TV/HomePod combination According to some rumors, Apple would develop Last year.

It’s unclear if this “Home Theater OS” project is related to the other ideas Sonos has reportedly explored (it could possibly run on future Sonos hardware or just be a TV app), but the company is growing increasingly interested. both by expanding its product line into new form factors like the Sonos Roam, and offering services on top of its premium hardware. Anything is possible, and given Sonos’ track record, the possibilities are exciting.

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