The MPEG xHE-AAC (Extended High-Efficiency AAC) audio codec is set to become a default feature of the widely popular Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. Via Licensing Corporation, a leading intellectual property solutions provider made this announcement and was applauded by the DRM Consortium.
Via and AAC licensors are encouraged to accelerate the adoption of xHE-AAC, the most recent and advanced member of the AAC family of audio codecs.
It is currently in use on DRM transmissions across the globe and with this announcement it is set to become a mandatory feature. Applications for MPEG xHE-AAC also include streaming over mobile and wired networks and terrestrial radio.