Sony, Philips and Samsung Electronics are among nine companies expected today to agree a uniform standard for next-generation DVDs.
The manufacturers are understood to have reached a basic agreement on common standards, the lack of which has effectively kept the DVD market halted and fragmented.
Toshiba and Matsushita have advocated the DVD-Ram format, while Pioneer and Sharp have teamed up to push the DVD-RW. Sony and Philips have a DVD recordable format of their own.
The other companies believed to be involved are Hitachi, Matsushita Electric, Pioneer, Sharp, LG Electronics and Thomson Multimedia.
The next-generation DVD is likely to have a 30Gb recordable memory and is expected to hit the market in 2003 or 2004.
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