Video Engineer at Zattoo (Berlin, Germany)

Video Engineer at Zattoo (Berlin, Germany)

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Location: Berlin, Germany
Type: Full Time
Created: 2021-07-20 05:01:00

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The Role

Become a part of the core team that maintains, extends and improves our video backend based on state of the art technology. Collaborate with a highly skilled and passionate team of multi-national engineers to build and operate our video services. As a member of the video backend team you are keeping our video backend up to date by maintaining existing components and implementing improvements. There are lots of exciting topics on the horizon which will be part of your work.

We Are Zattoo

Founded in 2005 Zattoo is one of the leading TV streaming providers in Europe with around 3 million users per month. With headquarters in Zurich, we also have a large office in Berlin, and a team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Over 200 employees of 40 nationalities contribute to the television of the future and we are growing! We are pioneers in our field and wish to remain so in the years to come. That challenges us and is great fun. We have a culture that is constantly on the lookout for new opportunities, allows mistakes to be made in learning and places good ideas above hierarchies. For us, flexible working hours and the opportunity to work remotely are a matter of course. We truly foster trust based working.

The Video Team

Video Team consists of two sub teams: Video Backend and Playback. Both work together with other teams to deliver world class video services. As a Video Engineer one will work closely with other members of the Video Backend team like fellow Video Engineers or Golang Engineers dealing with streaming enabling services, but also with Software Engineers in Test. The Playback team is the counterpart to bring streaming features into the applications consisting of platform-specific Playback Engineers and QA. As a member of the Video Backend Team you are keeping our video backend up to date by maintaining existing components and implementing improvements. There are lots of exciting topics on the horizon which will be part of your work.

What You'll Do

  • Improve our existing UHD encoding pipeline for Live and VOD
  • Add HDR to our UHD capabilities
  • Scaling of our VOD ingest pipeline
  • Establish future proof encoding/transcoding pipeline:
  • Cloud Encoding,
  • GPU Encoding,
  • Content Aware Encoding,
  • Establish Multi-codec Backend
  • Experiment with new codecs like AV1 or VVC
  • HTTP/2
  • Enhancing and scaling our existing SSAI/DAI architecture

What You'll Bring

  • Expert knowledge in C or C++ programming
  • Experience with programming in Python or Go
  • Experience with video and audio encoding (H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC...) or streaming (HLS, MPEG-DASH...) technologies
  • Experience in development and support of production systems used in a 24x7 operations environmentPreferred
  • In-depth knowledge of open source tools like ffmpeg, vlc, libav
  • Excellent understanding of operating system / Linux fundamentals
  • Experience in working with networking protocols (such as TCP, TLS, HTTP/2)
  • Experience diagnosing and troubleshooting complex systems using test tools, network management systems and error reporting systemsPlus
  • Experience in analyzing and improving efficiency, scalability, stability, reliability, and performance of CDN infrastructure
  • Having contributed to open source projects related to media playback or streaming
  • Experience with Hollywood grade DRM systems, i.e. Playready, Widevine and Fairplay
  • Experience with NoSQL / distributed data stores like Scylla or ClickHouse
  • Network know how, ideally as certified CCNA/CCNP

What We Offer You

  • Reward: strong market competitive salary
  • Recharge: 30 days vacation plus public holidays
  • Regulate: trust based flexible working hours and the option for remote working 8 weeks per year


  • We’re sharing: Free access to the best streaming experience on the market
  • We’re developing: your own development budget, German classes and Zattoo all-company hack days
  • We’re inclusive: ‘Zattooies’ are a fun, engaged, and diverse team made up of 40 nationalities
  • We’re healthy: yoga classes, health checks, team sports, organic fruit, vegan options and more!
  • We’re responsible: we are carbon neutral, an active employee Green team, discounted BVG tickets and free bike rentals
  • We’re sociable: a calendar of events with fireside chats, lunches, in-house bar, BBQ’s, monthly socials, summer party and an annual off-site event