I know this issue has been discussed previously, and here is what I can gather: Currently your options for DL media are limited to Verbatim and Ritek. People have complained about both. I have used Ritek, and I get the common problem of standalone players running into problems when they have to go to the second layer of data (my players basicallly pause, but if you hit fast-foward for a second it resumes okay). That's all fine and dandy. I'm content with either shrinking my backups, or splitting them with the intention of putting them back together when the media is good. But there is my question. When the heck, if ever, are companies going to start putting out better DL media, and when will the prices become reasonable? I've heard with the HD-DVD vs Blue-Ray war on the horizons, the DL media issue will never really be addressed by companies. I mean, Sony already has BlueRay media out but no DL media! So you're thinking, what is this dudes question... Does anybody know the real story? What is the news? Was buying my DL writer a big scam? Are companies working at all to make DL media? I love TY, are they going to put some good stuff out? Is the problem of playback when going to the second layer hopeless or will better media fix that? Thanks! Oh, and lastly, does anybody know any really good prices for Ritek DL right now?