They do and they are :D. At least in the CD/DVD professional market. Their BD sales are not growing at the same pace. I suspect that Verbatim's move to lower the cost of their BD-R by having them manufactured by CMC in Taiwan is a big factor in that. Falcon is stubbornly refusing to lower their quality, and in some markets are priced higher than the Verbs. That, together with the brand loyalty that Verb enjoys(in spite of quality compromises), makes it more difficult for Falcon to grab market share in the BD arena. I appreciate Falcon's corporate philosophy of "if they don't need our level of quality, we don't need to sell them anything". A bit elitist, yes. But it works for me .
Taiyo Yuden has been selling their LTH BD-R for some time now. I suspect that cost issues have stopped them from offering a made in Japan HTL BD-R. They are selling CMC made HTL BD-R under the JVC brand now.
Don't agree with your hypothesis that cheap BD-R will drive down the price of truly high quality BD-R. Your analogy is fatally flawed. The margins in the optical media business are very slim. Nothing like the profit margins in the electronics sector where there is room for price adjustment due to market pressures. The most likely response to market pressures in the BD-R arena would be the arrival of Verbatim "Life Series" BD-R's.
Please don't wish for that :bigsmile:.