Thanks for the reply. I asked Verbatim the same question and they answered back :
"Both use the same AZo recording dye and have the same recording performance."
I understand about the exterior pkg meaning little, but being new to DVD burning I want to first have the correct media for what I want to use it for- if one type is better for movies but I want one just for data/images I want to have that one. It probably doesn't even matter but hey I'm a newb! It seems irregardless of where a media is made, whether they are pkgd in videoboxes or jewel cases they can be used for movies or data or photos- that's what I was concerned about. My Plextor PX-712a recommends either TY or Verbatim/MCC media. From what I've found searching the net the Verbatim 8X DVD+R DataLifePlus media works well with Plextor and my model burner.
Btw, I tried using the advanced search here following your directions and kept getting back a blank white page???
Anywho thanks for your help.