Software Engineer - TV Playback


Full-time (Permanent)

Job Introduction

There is an opportunity for a highly talented Software Engineer to join the TV Playback Core team, working on the iPlayer and Sounds clients for connected TV devices (Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming devices and games consoles), focussing on IP media playback.

The BBC offers unparalleled IPTV features for TV applications, such as Live Restart, Live Seeking, and Live UHD, and it’s the Playback Core team who make this possible. We need to ensure that all types of BBC media – video, audio, on demand, live – work seamlessly on the vast number of connected TV devices.

Collaboration is at the the heart of what we do; we follow InnerSource practices and have ambitions for our Open Source

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

Working to Agile, Lean and Continuous Delivery principles we are looking for a passionate Software Engineer to join the cross discipline team responsible for IPTV playback on connected TV devices. Successful candidates will work collaboratively and be given space, autonomy and responsibility for implementation.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Demonstrable experience writing and maintaining robust production software
  • Competence in JavaScript
  • Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)
  • Demonstrable experience working in a cross-discipline Agile software development team


  • Experience with IPTV streaming technologies such as HLS and MPEG-DASH
  • Experience of HTML5 media and Media Source Extensions
  • Experience with the dash.js player; we use a fork of this, shared with the the Standard Media Player (SMP) web team
  • Experience of Web Audio API
  • Awareness of video encoding technologies (e.g. H264, HEVC, HLG/HDR)

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent
Location: Salford

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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