I contacted Pioneer Canada and they told me that they do not make the LG blu-ray writers for computers, that is done at Pioneer USA. The Pioneer Canada rep tried to answer my questions by looking at their data sheets.
The Canadian LG rep told me that at the current time an OEM version is not available, only the BDR-2208 is available to be purchased if wanting BDXL support which comes with included software. They said that maybe the reason an OEM version is not available is because the BDR-2208 supports BDXL and perhaps that BDXL supported blu-ray writers need special software to work with it where as the non BDXL blu-ray writers can use the mainstream wide marketed software available. He said maybe the BDR-2208 would not be able to be used fully without the software that comes with it so maybe that is why it is not sold as OEM (without the software). He was not certain. Does anyone know if what he was saying is true about the software being special for the BDXL feature? I am wondering if purchasing this in order to use the full BDXL (dual, triple & quad layer) feature a user would only at the present time be able to use the included software and not other brands of software?