Ateneo opens post-Valdez era with sweep of UST

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member This is Ateneo’s first UAAP match without the three-time UAAP MVP Valdez, who steered the school to a couple of championships.Alexine Cabaños had the unfortunate fate of throwing away UST’s final serve that sealed Ateneo’s win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“People expected us to have jitters but at the end of the game what we trained for eventually showed,” said Jia Morado, who took over the captain’s role from Valdez. “There were some points when we were shaky but we were able to get a grip of things.”Jho Maraguinot was the standout offensive player for Ateneo as she led the Lady Eagles with 15 points but Morado also set up other players at their side of the floor. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez may have already left, but Ateneo hasn’t forgotten its winning ways.The Lady Eagles swept the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, Saturday at the start of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Returning players Mich Morente and Kat Tolentino combined for 17 points while Bea De Leon added seven.EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina combined for 27 points to lead UST. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READcenter_img Santiago admits NU got ‘excited’ in poor start vs UE 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more

Battle over DVD formats looms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Some are already mighty confused over the two competing technologies. “I’m not going to do anything until people make up their minds over what they are going to do. Why are there two formats?” wondered 19-year-old Sammy Ashouri, a college student shopping at the Best Buy store in Woodland Hills recently. “From what I hear, there’s really no difference at all. I think it’s just a marketing scheme.” With at least 25 million U.S. households expected to have high-definition television sets by the end of this year, the major studios are releasing more movies in high definition on the same day they are released in standard DVD format. “Mission: Impossible III,” “Click,” and “Superman Returns” are among the new release movies that are being released in the two high-definition formats Blu-ray and HD-DVD. As of last week, there were 80 movie titles available in both HD-DVD and in Blu-Ray, with both formats expected to have more than 100 titles available by the end of the year. When it comes to viewing movies at home, the VHS tape has all but disappeared, having been replaced in most U.S. households by the easier-to-use and store DVD disc. So of course it’s time for something even more high-tech to surface just before the holiday shopping season: high-definition DVD players and discs. High-definition DVD is high-resolution video and audio technology that represents a clear quality improvement over the standard DVD. With a sense of d j vu to the 1980s format war between VHS and Beta, the two high-definition formats that debuted this year, Blu-ray and HD-DVD, will battle it out for the hearts and minds of consumers. Blu-ray and HD-DVD began quietly rolling out library titles such as “Apollo 13,” “Batman Begins,” “Training Day,” “Terminator 3,” “The Last Samurai” and “Hitch” earlier this year. But it is only now that the formats are taking their places on the new release shelves. “It’s always better to have more choices, and I know it’s better technology, but I’m not sure exactly what’s what yet,” said Frank Christ, a 48-year-old Sherman Oaks resident who was out DVD shopping on a recent weekday. “I have no idea what this Blu-ray is or the other one. I’m an old guy! I feel out of touch all of a sudden. You gotta buy a player and a digital TV. That will be three to five years away for me. I’m not really cutting edge.” While the major studios were initially split into either Blu-ray or HD-DVD camps, most have since hedged their bets and are committed to releasing movie titles in both formats this year. There is still debate over whether the two formats can co-exist or whether one must prevail in order for consumers, other than early adopters, to embrace the new technology. The industry is eager to release plenty of packaged entertainment so people who just bought new high-definition capable plasma or LCD television sets won’t start looking elsewhere – downloading for example – for product. “The industry is in a state of transition from standard-definition to high-definition in all types of applications,” said Amy Jo Fisher, executive director of the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry trade association. “When you think that 30 million American homes are going to have a high-definition TV next year, they are going to be looking for different forms of content to enjoy on that unit. They’ll get it from broadcast but also from packaged media.” Most reviews on the two formats state that the picture and sound quality is about equal with the main difference being that Blu-Ray can hold up to 60 percent more data than its rival. Toshiba began shipping HD-DVD players to stores in April while Samsung began its shipments of Blu-ray players at the end of June. Both are capable of playing standard DVDs, so people will not have to start over in building their collections. But the two formats are not compatible with each other at this point. Right now, the set-top Blu-ray players are retailing for just under $1,000, about double the cost of the HD-DVD players. But the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) video game system, set to be out Nov. 17, includes a built-in Blu-ray player with a price tag starting at $500. Hardware and software in both formats is available at such major retailers as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City and Amazon.com. Fisher believes that consumers will adapt to the high-definition DVD players at a faster rate than regular DVD players sold during their first year on the market in 1997. “There were 305,000 players sold in that first year and we are predicting we will outsell that and demonstrate an earlier adoption curve,” she said. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more