This is the dye compatibility bug, and has plagued CD-R and DVD-R users for years.
The problem is that patents and copyrights have prevented standardization of both drive design and disc design. Due to proprietary dye formulations and proprietary drive LASER frequencies, certain kinds of discs will not work in certain kinds of players or recorders.
In addition, there are two different kinds of DVD drives. One is DVD-R, and the other is DVD+R. These are also not compatible with each other, although there are now drives that can take both.
Why can't we have a DIN to require standards for things, like the Germans had?