With offices in Beroun, Prague and Amsterdam, our team of highly talented developers is building a world-scalable platform, delivering the best Subscription Video-On-Demand experience on the African continent and beyond. This blog is a place to share some of the stuff we are working on with you and other fellow engineers.

What we do

Showmax back-end is an in-house developed micro-service oriented platform. We love Open Source and a lot of our developers have been active members of OSS community. As we use OSS we also like to give something back in return through reporting bug, submitting pull-requests and open-sourcing own tools.

List of open source projects we use includes: Debian GNU/Linux, ElasticSearch, PostgreSQL, Varnish, HAProxy, nginx, RabbitMQ, Apache Spark, Apache Mesos and many others.

Majority of our back-end services are written in Ruby, Go or Python. We use EventMachine when writing applications in Ruby (Goliath as application server, executed via EinHorn). MRI as well as JRuby is used as our Ruby VM. Go would be typically used where we need large throughput. Example of such could be end-device event collection or routing of storage requests.

Showmax Technology Stack

But our platform is not only about APIs. Primary business resolves around video streaming. To comply with this, we have our own video encoding pipeline that can orchestrate encoding on hundreds of servers. We support multiple streaming protocols as well as DRMs (Digital Rights Management). We have also developed routing layer for our origin storages to be able to scale throughput and storage capacity based on our needs.

What would the streaming platform be without user front-ends? We maintain and develop applications for interesting set of devices. Large family of devices is served with JavaScript applications. Obvious ones are desktop and mobile browsers, but we also support embedded JavaScript engines. Namely on SmartTVs (Samsung, LG, HighSense), game consoles (PlayStation, XBOX) and STB (set-top boxes). We also have native applications for Android and iOS and AppleTV (tvOS).

Testing is an integral part of what we do. You can get more information from our testing page.

Planning and housekeeping of tasks is done via Phabricator. All our code is in git (we have own installation of GitLab CE).

Get in touch with us

Five reasons engineers choose to work at Showmax

  1. Stability and funding. Showmax is backed by Naspers, a global Internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world.
  2. Control over your own destiny. We don’t blindly implement what we’re told; instead Showmax’s engineering team is an integral part of the decision making process. What we do has a clear and immediate impact on the final product.
  3. Open culture. We’re not stuck in narrow silos - get involved in other projects, run your own experiments, question what’s going on. No finger-pointing and no secrecy.
  4. There’s life outside work. We’re obsessed with outcomes, not working hours. We agree goals; how you decide to deliver is up to you.
  5. No BS. Showmax has a flat organisation structure with the absolute minimum of bureaucracy. We’re allergic to corporate-think and do our best to be decent humans.

Getting to know Showmax Engineers

Talked about us

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