AIV – Talking PointsWho we are:The Amazon Instant Video team delivers high-quality instant video to many Amazon customers throughsubscriptions as well as a-la-carte purchases. Amazon Instant Video works on an ever increasing numberof devices, from computers through TVs, set top boxes and beyond. Our mission is to have the widestselection of movies and TV shows available on the Internet with the broadest device support.What we do:The Amazon Instant Video team networks with studios, schmoozes with stars (sometimes!) and delivershigh-quality video to millions of customers. We handle large-scale video processing and delivery, enablecutting-edge integration with consumer electronics devices like the Kindle Fire and ship highly scalablecustomer-facing products and services.Every day we face the challenges of a fast paced market and expanding technology set, paving the wayto ubiquitous availability of content and pushing the envelope of streaming video quality.What were looking for:As a core member of the rapidly growing Instant Video team, you will spend your time as a hands-onengineer and a technical leader. You will play a key role in building software products and features fromthe ground. Your work will allow you to utilize a melting pot of technologies, programming languagesand systems. Your responsibilities will include all aspects of software development with the freedomand encouragement to explore your own ideas and the reward of seeing your contributions benefitmillions of Amazon.com customers worldwide. Join us and change the way customers watch movies andTV shows instantly.We are expanding rapidly and more positions open steadily. Whether you are interested in client orserver side, video encoding or playback, website or connected devices, desktop or mobile - we have achallenging and exciting job for you! Come be a part of a fast paced group where you can make adifference in millions of peoples lives!Key Factoids o One of the Amazon orgs which receives the greatest current investment o Extensive catalogue: Now at 135k+ titles – if you were to watch all of AIV’s videos back-to-back, it would take more than 4000 days o Trajectory of video isn’t clear as it isn’t mainstream yet – we have a unique opportunity in this space as we did with e-books o A two-fold approach to differentiate AIV from our competitors 1. We have our own ecosystem that is highly interoperable with other ecosystems like iOS, Android, gaming consolesetc
2. Content licensing – content is available through different types of licensing models Our approach is to create a complete catalogue for customers across multiple models not just one model like subscription or purchaseo We deal with the hardest tech challenges which contain the broadest scopeo We have focused teams with highly motivated technical talent Breadth: Opportunity to work on different teams Depth: Opportunity to go very deep and truly innovate in each areao Exciting challenges: Distribution of service across hundreds of devices with ongoing debate over the right way to do this Achieving differentiation quality levels in video playback – e.g. caching model or predictive caching, streaming algorithms and heuristics, video compression techniquesetc International expansion and the integration of LoveFilm in the UK – hard architectural problems Content discovery – personalization, recommendations, machine learning to predict highest demand contento Recent wins include X-Ray for video on Kindle Fire HDo Amazon is investing heavily in improving shopping, AWS, and digital media, including digital video and Amazon Prime 1. Cloud computing (AWS) – we use AWS for video encoding, hosting many of our backend services and are integrating with AWS’ content distribution network, CloudFront. 2. Digital media: eBooks, Video, Music, Apps – we’re a central part of this ecosystem for our customers and for our Kindle devices.o Amazon’s three core attributes and approach to any business: selection, convenience, price - we are prepared to deliver the best customer experience with the best priceo Despite the breadth of what we do at Amazon, we are bound by our leadership principals Amazon is a framework for businesses and has horizontal scalability – you join a team when hired at Amazon, but can have a career across many different types of businesses because we’re always expanding.