Sonos is working on a “Home Theater OS” according to new job postings
Sonos is known for its whole-home audio systems and soundbars, but now the company is hiring for a new home theater project that’s sure to give you more control from the couch. The speculation stems from mention of a new “Home Theater OS” project revealed in new Sonos job postings, as reported Protocol.
Perhaps the most telling job posting is for “Partnership Manager, Home Theater”:
The Head of Partnerships for our next-generation Sonos home theater operating system will play a pivotal role in connecting users to the content and services they love with the Sonos-quality experiences they expect.
Protocol points out that Nick Millington, who is Chief Innovation Officer at Sonos, personally promoted the position of “Partnership Manager, Home Theater” on LinkedIn: “I’m working on a new home theater project and I’m looking for an executive partner to help me,” says Millington.
Another position is the “UX Lead, Next Generation Home Theater Experience”, which calls for someone with “proven experience” in areas such as television, digital content creation and advertising. The position says it requires at least eight years of experience designing “successfully delivered” user interfaces for mobile and TV.
Sonos recognizes that “content comes in many different forms and from many different sources,” as stated in the UX manager job description. The company also mentions in the description that there is an opportunity to grow its product offerings and “anticipate how this complex landscape reconciles to meet user needs.”
According to Protocol report: Sonos had also apparently been looking for an alternative solution where the company’s audio hardware could be integrated into a partner manufacturer’s TV, providing a branded sound system experience. The edge reached out to Sonos for comment on its apparent home theater TV interface goals, and we received the following statement from the company:
“As the leader in home theater audio, we will continue to innovate and create products and experiences that make listening simpler and more joyful, bringing you closer to the music and content you love. have nothing else to share today.
With companies like Roku already integrating TV streaming experiences into its soundbars, this is certainly the next logical step for Sonos. Currently, Sonos’ end-user app experience revolves around its ecosystem of audio products, controlling personal music libraries and providing a central way to control music apps including Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Sonos would take on TV streaming systems like Roku, Fire TV (also in a soundbar), Google TV and Apple TV, which is already a crowded space. But if there’s one company that’s about to enter the TV space, it’s Sonos; and all it has to do is put a new home theater operating system in its Beam soundbar, shake hands with existing Sonos setups around the house, and get people hooked on the Sonos experience. on the TV.