An agreement between IBM and Broadcast International will make delivery speeds for high-definition video faster.

The CodecSys, a software program developed by Salt Lake City-based Broadcast International, is now licensed to run on IBM's Cell Broadband Engine multicore processor and the IBM BladeCenter QS21 server. It will allow high-definition video to be compressed at rates four to six times higher than currently possible, according to a news release from Broadcast International.

The software is especially useful for cable and satellite providers, who can now transmit higher-quality video at a lower cost. It will be most noticeable in live events, such as sports games.