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Senior Software Engineer, Video Playback – JavaScript

New York, New York, United States

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Job ID 791172BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted May. 20, 2021

Job Summary:

Disney+ is the Disney-branded streaming service featuring an outstanding collection of
content from its brands and franchises recognized and respected all over the world including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, and NatGeo. Hulu is a premium streaming service that offers premium originals, current season TV, a massive library of hit series and movies, and live television. Our combined Disney and Hulu team is looking for hardworking team players to join the Media Engineering team, who will thrive upon the legacy of Disney and Hulu, embrace unconventional thinking, and who are passionate about contributing to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience through strategic hard work and determination.

As a Sr. Software Engineer for the Video Playback Engineering team, you will help us provide the best in class video experience on browsers, connected devices and TV set-top boxes, pushing the envelope of what is technically possible with the most exciting content in the industry.

We’re looking for an engineer who is proficient in JavaScript development with an interest in working outside of typical web development environments and frameworks.
Experience in HTML5 video player development, with knowledge of Media Source Extensions and modern video standards is a bonus.

Whether you’re in New York or California we provide opportunities to elevate your career and transform an industry. In some cases also open to remote employees.

We truly believe we offer a unique opportunity for any technologist:
  • To work within a strong organization of streaming video experts
  • To work on a bleeding edge streaming video player stack
  • To work with a world-class team of engineers
  • To work in a highly collaborative team environment
  • To have an influence on the innovation of products used globally by millions


As a critical member of a team of video platform engineering you are responsible for building out next generation streaming video players and features
  • JavaScript player development for browsers, connected TVs, and set-top boxes.
  • Port the streaming video playback stack to new hardware
  • Optimize player performance
  • Collaborate with other teams internally to resolve issues and facilitate playback integration.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of JavaScript experience with a variety of frameworks or no frameworks at all.
  • Experience and interest in writing performance and memory optimized JavaScript code
  • An interest in working with a variety of embedded JavaScript engines.
  • Experience and ability to learn new technologies and system architectures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with embedded HTML5/JavaScript environments outside of typical web browsers.
  • Experience with HTML5 video player development
  • Experience with or understanding of HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) standards.
  • Experience with other development environments like C++, Rust, Node.js, Python, Go, Scala.
  • Familiarity with open source web Browsers including Chromium and WebKit and JavaScript engines including V8 and JavaScriptCore
  • Familiarity with open source HTML5/JavaScript video players like hls.js
  • Familiarity with Widevine and PlayReady DRM technologies

Required Education

  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Streaming Services.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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