The 16x Verbatim media has lines to write on... so does the 16x JVC Premium Gold TY (made-in-japan). The plain 8x TY bulk media hasn't any lines and has various top-side finishes (know what you are getting before placing an order). A well-researched purchase of the TY bulk media can provide extremely good burns. Burns that are similiar to the older 8x Verbatim MCC 003 media (but still, no lines to write on). FYI, the TY disks seem to flex a little easier.
My 16x Verbatim DVD+R media (made-in-india) came with a blue & purple wrapper. I bought several cases because of the low price. But for a lot more $$$'s, I could have had perfect burns with the 8x TY bulk premium.
The 16x JVC Premium Gold DVD-R TY media for consumers doesn't burn as well as the 16x Verbatim DVD+R. If you are going to give up on Verbatim, try a 50 pack of the 16x JVC DVD+R and set your burner to DVD-ROM. This may work quite well... I couldn't find any DVD+R, and had to test the DVD-R instead. As expected, I wasn't happy.
Only 4 months ago, I saw the 16x Verbatim media (blue & gold wrapper, made-in-taiwan) at Best Buy... but they were not offering a discount, $$$ :a
Should you buy on-line at a great discount, often 1/3 of the reviews posted receive a bad cake of disks. Beware, you could be one of the unlucky recepients.