Staff Software Engineer II, Core Media Engine - HBO Max



Position Type

Full Time


Digital/Interactive Media, Engineering, Technology/Information Technology


United States - Washington - Seattle

Posted Date

Nov. 12, 2019

Req Number


Opportunity Overview

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Build the Future of Entertainment

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) offering debuting in May 2020. With over 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, HBO Max will offer powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library, including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.

Our DTC Technology team is laying the foundation for HBO Max, and we need highly motivated, uniquely skilled, and technically agile experts across a variety of disciplines to accomplish things that have never been done before.

The Job
We power the most critical HBO Max user experience - watching video - across all mobile, desktop, and connected devices. The Core Media Engine bridges the gap between cross-platform UI and platform-specific video playback. The next generation of our Core Media Engine will go deeper with platform-optimized video streaming, buffering, and rendering, using state of the art techniques to provide the best possible video quality.

As a Staff Software Engineer 2 on WarnerMedia’s Core Media Engine team, you will build and support client-side components for our streaming video applications including the upcoming HBO Max service. You will own client-side video from the network to glass, including video profile selection, digital rights management and licensing, rendering, telemetry and on-the-fly stream optimization. You will interface with the appropriate low-level systems on each platform to build the best possible streaming experience for our customers.
The Daily
  • Join a growing team with many opportunities for you to expand your professional and technical skills
  • Influence the technical agenda for the Core Media Engine and own critical features of a product used by millions of customers
  • Work across teams and disciplines to explore technical solutions and evaluate technical tradeoffs, using the latest streaming media technologies and video capabilities
  • Improve your team’s development, test, and operations practices
  • Mentor other engineers to help them grow their careers
The Essentials
  • Have a deep understanding of Computer Science fundamentals, including algorithms, data structures, and operating systems.
  • Be fluent in a modern programming language, ideally Java, Swift, or TypeScript.
  • Have hands-on experience with streaming video delivery or playback.
  • Be a self-starter that can independently solve complex engineering problems.
  • Maintain high quality coding standards for yourself and your team.
  • Design and deliver components of a complex architecture or distributed system.
  • Be passionate about software engineering with a strong sense of ownership for the code that you and your team write, and desire to become an expert in client-side video technology.
  • Seek self-improvement and adapt to suggestions and feedback.
  • Hold yourself and your team to high standards while maintaining respectful relationships.
  • Provide periodic on-call support for critical emergent customer-facing issues
The Nice to Haves
  • 5+ years in software engineering on shipped consumer products or platforms
  • DevOps, where you’ve owned and operated the systems you’ve developed
  • Media technology (e.g. ExoPlayer, AVFoundation, HTML5 video)
  • Streaming technology (e.g. DASH, HLS)
  • DRM systems (e.g. FairPlay, Widevine)
  • Device platforms (e.g. Android, iOS, tvOS)
  • User experience telemetry
  • Fluency in multiple modern programming languages

The Perks
  • HBO exclusive events
  • Paid time off to volunteer
  • Access to well-being tools, resources, and freebies
  • Access to in-house learning and development resources
  • Part of the WarnerMedia family of powerhouse brands

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About Us

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

America's most successful premium television company, Home Box Office delivers two 24-hour pay television services—HBO®and Cinemax®. HBO continues to take advantage of the latest technological innovations with advancements that include the availability of HBO programming online though HBO GOSM and MAX GOSM , as well as HBO On Demand®. and Cinemax On Demand®. in HD. Just as HBO is a company noted for its commitment to excellence in the products and services it delivers to consumers, it makes the extra effort to create a work environment in which fairness, equity, trust, and individual responsibility are valued. HBO is committed to retaining and recruiting skilled and motivated employees, placing a priority on qualified team players who contribute to the diversity of their workforce. HBO offers competitive benefits to include medical, dental, vision, a matched 401(k) plan, flexible spending, a commuter benefit program and tuition reimbursement.

Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.