Mountain View, CA (July 20, 2004)–The DVD Forum has selected Coding Technologies’ High-Efficiency AAC (HE AAC) codec as the mandatory codec format for the new Compressed Audio Zone in DVD Audio. Known in the market as MPEG-4 aacPlus and fully standardized by MPEG, HE AAC enables the inclusion of high-quality pre-compressed audio on DVD Audio discs.
In a related release, Via Licensing also announced that patent licenses for Coding Technologies’ HE AAC are now available through the MPEG-4 Audio patent pool. Along with the high quality tracks already included on the DVD, the Compressed Audio Zone allows for the inclusion of pre-compressed copies of the high quality tracks. These new tracks will be easily transferable directly to portable music players and jukeboxes in a protected format without the complexity of “ripping” the disc. With support for both stereo and 5.1 channel content at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, HE AAC in the Compressed Audio Zone gives consumers the freedom they want, electronics makers room to innovate with new products, and record labels the assurance of content fidelity.
“We support these enhancements to the DVD Audio format because they heighten consumers’ music experience,” said Kevin Gage, VP of Strategic Technology and New Media for Warner Music Group. “We think this capability will give added value to consumers when they transfer their music to their PCs and portable devices.”
“Having our aacPlus codec selected as the compressed audio format for DVD Audio creates a strong connecting force between markets,” said Stefan Meltzer, vice president of business development at Coding Technologies. “The synergies between the DVD Audio format and other uses of aacPlus in mobile, broadcast, and Internet are driving aacPlus towards being the common denominator for digital audio distribution.”