02 Tech Challenges at Discovery
5:14AM Nov 21, 2019
oprah winfrey network
Yeah, thanks a lot. And thank you everybody for coming out tonight. It's great to see everyone, some familiar faces from last time. So I wanted to give a little overview of what discovery does, because it's not what I thought it did when I got here. And the structure kind of defined some of the technical challenges that we need to look at as a company.
So I imagine everybody's familiar with the Discovery Channel. And when I first started working here, that's kind of what I thought that
discovery really was like, Shark Week and animals and stuff like that. But it's a lot more
so the Discovery Channel got started in 1985. And it was originally a cable network. So there were 156,000 subscribers in the US only. And then in 1987, Shark Week debuted in the 1990s. We started working multi channel so we acquired TLC, Animal Planet, discovery and espanol was actually the first Spanish language channel in the US. we expand it to Asian Latin America. In the 2000s. We opened a really, honestly pretty badass headquarters in Silver Spring, I used to live in DC and if anybody ever saw it back in the day, it had like a big fucking shark on it. And it was really, really cool.
the focus of discovery as its kind of moved forward has been to kind of continually broaden its base.
So discovery education investigation discovery, the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2014. There's the acquisition of Euro sport, which also means that the next Olympic cycle, which is the Tokyo Olympics, we're going to have the sole broadcasting rights in Europe for the Olympics. And then in 2018, we acquired scripts. So that includes HGTV, the DIY, network, food, living, travel, a bunch of stuff. So the Discovery Channel really isn't a channel. It's the discovery network. And as a result of this one network kind of being an umbrella over a whole bunch of different companies, there's some pretty unique technical challenges that come from that. We've got a lot of different kinds of users that access different channels that we have. And we've got a lot of different devices that we need to support those users on. So we support applications on different mobile networks, mobile devices, different TV platforms. And that's kind of broadly what we're doing here. So I don't want to really dig into much more. But if anybody has any kind of broad questions about what we're up to, or what discovery does, shout them out. Now. If anybody shy, we can chat later. As Kevin mentioned, Kevin also has Kevin Kevin Cain, which is kind of one of the more badass names that I've heard. Thanks, Bruce. It's good. Yeah. He mentioned there's some cards up there. So if anybody's interested. The engineering team here is, is growing pretty substantially right now. The entire company of discovery is moving from being a media company into more of a technology company right now. And they're all of the, you know, associated Growing Pains with that as we do that, but feel free to reach out but any questions right now before we get gone?
What level are you hiring at?
We really have openings kind of across a bunch of different levels. So we're kind of more interested in the kind of person that's applying like
talented, motivated, curious and and we can work with that.
Any other questions?
I know that channels like
National Geographic be investing in some virtual reality content. Is there anything like that discovery network?
There's been a lot of conversation about that. We have recently started working on kind of a more comprehensive
application. And there been
there been talks about, like, you know, live streams from the top of the pyramid and stuff like that. So there's a big appetite for doing that kind of content. How that content ends up being delivered to users is kind of still TBD. But those conversations are happening here. I know it's kind of non
answer, but that was kind of the best we've got.
Would you say that there's virtually no VR right now.
On that note, what are some of the project teams in New York City working on that might be?
Yeah, that's a great question. And what's next? Yeah, so We've got a heavy investment and go in our service layer, go Lang, which is a pretty interesting kind of tiny service language. We've done a lot of work in react, React Native and web technologies. We've got native apps and using swift using Objective C, we've got entire suite of Android apps using Java.
ROCA, we've got ROCA as well. How can I forgotten? So if anybody has knows bright scripts, let us know.
Yeah, anything else?
Awesome. Okay, so I think there's some great presentations this evening. Yeah. Thank you.
Yeah, yeah. So where are all the technologists, the IT people
for discovery located?
Oh, that's a great question. Okay. Yeah, so I mean discoveries really...
Do I stand up here or what am I doing?
All right. My thought before I joined discovery was that maybe discovery was like,
We can move the mic and stretch the HDMI
yeah, yeah, yeah.
I thought maybe that it was like 800 to 1000 people discovery but discovery employs over 10,000 people like there are ton of people. And a lot of that is because we've got a bunch of distinct networks. And some of those networks are geographically located in specific areas, like networks like Heroes for it, or I think you're a sports either in London or Paris. We've got a bunch of folks, they're in Western Europe, we've got large presences in the Pacific Rim. We've got lots of Japan stuff. In terms of development, we've got a lot of primary development in New York. So we've got a pretty big technology presence in the ICU. Yeah, we also have folks in Seattle
to this building itself?
Yep. This building itself.
Thank you again Kyle. Thank you. Discovery