Android Playback Engineer

Berlin, Germany

The Role

Zattoo is searching for a highly motivated Android Playback Engineer (f/m/x) with a proven track record in streaming expertise to join our world class team. Zattoo’s mobile apps for Android are installed on millions of devices. We were among the first to bring Live and Catch Up TV to these platforms. In addition to mobile, we put a strong focus on new Android based big screen platforms such as Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.

We’re looking for someone who wants to push the boundaries of what’s possible on these platforms. You will find Zattoo to be a comfortable place to work with pragmatic decision making, fast approval paths and willingness to take risks. Most importantly, you’ll be surrounded by colleagues who’ll share your commitment to developing and selling world class products. You will belong to the video team that owns the whole streaming chain ingest/encoding/packaging/delivery/playback. Together with frontend video engineers of other platforms you will analyse and improve video playback at Zattoo and push the experience of Zattoo’s service to the next level.

Product Creation Team

At the heart of Zattoo’s organisation, there is a group of people who are extremely passionate about TV Products and Technology. This diverse group of engineers, product managers, designers, SRE, network, QA and support specialists cover a large area of expertise and are building our vision of the streaming age TV platform. We value high quality, user oriented and sustainable work and strive to be at the forefront of technology and collaboration.

We encourage everybody to express their ideas and give autonomy and focus to independent teams. Our dream is to let people watch their favourite TV content in the simplest and most comfortable way. We see our strength in disrupting traditional broadcasting technology while collaborating closely with the great companies that produce this content.

What you'll do

  • Analyse, configure and maintain ExoPlayer, show good understanding of its internal logic
  • Adopt your knowledge of Android Media Stack for future proof development
  • Use debugging tools for investigation and research
  • Write clean and testable code
  • Collaborate with Video Backend Engineers and other Frontend Video Engineers
  • Become a valued member of Zattoo’s Engineering team and improve our core quality of experience

What you'll bring

  • 4+ years of experience in Android streaming application development (video-on-demand and/or linear video playback)
  • High proficiency with Kotlin and Java
  • Knowledge of Android Media Stack, including internal logic and debugging tools
  • Experience with multithreaded programming and real time considerations
  • Bonus: Experience with video streaming technologies (DASH, HLS) and codecs (H.264, H.265)
  • Bonus: Experience with tracking playback events, errors, behaviour, user experience and A/B testing

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 hackdays

  • 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 bowls

  • We’re responsible: we are carbon neutral, an active employee Green team

  • 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 revolutionising the way you watch TV.

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