Toshiba will announce next Tuesday that it will ship DVD read and write drives, despite the split in the DVD industry.
This follows a huge row in the DVD consortium last week, when Sony, Philips and NEC fell out.
Last week Peter Scatchard, European marketing director at Hitachi, said that the strife could, in fact, lead to products being released early.
He was not available for comment today but Martina Gerhards, marketing specialist at Toshiba Germany, confirmed drives were on the way.
She said: "We're just producing samples at the moment. We'll have two DVD drives, one SCSI and one ATAPI and volume production of the former will be at Christmas."
She said the other drives were not expected to arrive until next year.
Hitachi, a partner in the DVD consortium, produces the drives and has had samples since February this year.
However, rows over encryption, Sony's involvement in Hollywood and other issues - including a lack of agreement between European and US TV industries - have held up the entire move forward.
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