iOS / tvOS Playback Engineer

Berlin, Germany

The Role

If you’re passionate about video streaming and web technologies, Zattoo’s Playback Team needs you. We are looking for an iOS / tvOS Playback Engineer with proven experience in video streaming to help us build our next generation video playback for apple devices.

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 team in Berlin. 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 Playback Team

This team builds the technology that ensures a high-quality video streaming experience for all of our customers independently of the device they use. 
We are a team of diverse playback engineers specialized in video playback technologies with senior experience in the streaming business and we work closely with the video backend team to deliver content in the best way possible. 

As the player is so crucial to our product we also support the various platform teams with knowledge and guidance. Zattoo’s current strategy is to build on existing player frameworks such as Exoplayer and AVPlayer and customize them to our needs, while constantly monitoring market developments and adjusting our strategy accordingly. 
This is how the team covers playback on big screen platforms like STBs (AndroidTV-based, AppleTV, custom Unix-based), SmartTVs (various vendors), all known mobile platforms, Web environments, game consoles like Xbox as well as Cast/Airplay technologies.

What You'll Do

  • Develop our video playback and telemetry SDKs for iOS & tvOS

  • Apply excellent debugging skills to root cause customer issues, and leverage automation to prevent the issue from happening again

  • Write clean and testable code

  • Collaborate with Video Backend Engineers and other Playback and Frontend Engineers

  • Become a valued member of Zattoo’s Engineering team and improve our core quality of experience

What You'll Bring

  • 4+ years experience in iOS/tvOS application development

  • Experience with video streaming technologies (HLS, DASH) and DRM systems (FairPlay, Playready, Widevine)

  • Experience with AVFoundation/AVPlayer on iOS/tvOS

  • Familiarity with the advertising ecosystem (ad and video servers; VAST, VMAP)

  • Experience with XCTest or other automation testing frameworks

  • Experience with tracking playback events, errors, behaviour, user experience and A/B testing

  • Android(Kotlin) or Web(JS) knowledge.

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 the 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

Zattoo enables our users to view indiscriminately and we reflect that in our team too. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law we encourage everyone to apply and will give everyone equal consideration. We are an equal opportunities employer, join us and help build a diverse team dedicated to the future of TV.

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Join us and become part of our Stream Team!