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Principal Video Software Engineer (Remote)


New York, NY, US, 10019

New York

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

Division Overview:
The Video Technology Group develops industry-leading online and mobile video delivery systems and IP for CBS.comCBSSports.com, CBS News, CNET, GameSpot.com, and the entire suite of ViacomCBS sites. Our team is responsible for the delivery of premium content to millions of people every day. We set company-wide video standards and help internal business units integrate the video delivery stack into their specific online products. Additionally, the team serves as the company’s information resource on current and future trends in digital video. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in doing high-visibility, mission-critical work.

The Video Processing team works within the central Video Technology Group responsible for overseeing video processing and publishing workflows. The Video Processing team focuses on building and maintaining video encoding platforms for on-demand and live streaming workflows along with corresponding integrations with CMS and publishing pipelines. The group works across the video ecosystem to enable all ViacomCBS business units to deliver high-quality video through the use of cutting-edge technologies for maximizing user engagement and revenues.

Role Details:
We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer who is passionate about large scale video ecosystems and cares about code quality, uptime, performance, continuous deployment, design principles, and test-driven development. You'll work closely with fellow engineers to enable modern, high-quality media delivery using a combination of in-house and off-the-shelf technologies. You’ll be crucial in the team’s process when translating high-level requirements into maintainable, efficient, and scalable self-healing solutions. This role will have an extra focus on maintaining and extending a large-scale dynamic media packaging service streaming common last-mile protocols written in C and Go. You’ll be designing cutting edge features from the ground up that allow ViacomCBS to stay on top of the latest in streaming technologies in a rapidly changing industry. Does this sound like you?

Key Projects:

  • Maintain and improve the core of our on-the-fly packaging service written in C while implementing high-performance greenfield functionality to support live and VOD workflows
  • Build out of a scheduling service for both Live and VOD assets to product stitched live streams
  • Work with engineers across the company to optimize video experience in the context of large-scale production websites and applications

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Contribute to the core of our in-house dynamic media packaging system for live and VOD workflows
  • Work with product and QA teams to develop test plans for existing and new functionality
  • Contribute and encourage an engineering culture that values software quality and maintainability
  • Collaborate with other engineers and members of the Video Processing team to determine priorities, best practices, and refine functional requirements

What you bring to the team
You have - 

  • Strong experience designing and implementing maintainable, scalable, and pragmatic software solutions from the ground up
  • Fluency in C and Go or similar systems-level programming language with a passion for writing high-performance, efficient code
  • Proven experience with streaming protocols like HLS & MPEG-DASH
  • Experience with Digital Rights Management Systems (DRM), including Playready, Widevine & FairPlay
  • Experience with cloud technologies, preferably AWS and GCP
  • Good knowledge of microservices and distributed systems architectures
  • Experience with technical writing and design documentation
  • Strong communication with proven ability to work well within a team

You might also have - 

  • Knowledge of FFmpeg/Libav APIs and experience maintaining Libav-based solutions in production
  • Knowledge of the color space, bit depth, and HDR systems
  • Experience deploying high-volume services using Kubernetes
  • Fluency in modern systems programming languages such as Rust
  • Patches or code publicly available
  • Open Source development experience




ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.



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