PIP No More

Are there any current or upcoming LCD, plasma, or OLED flat-panel TVs with a two-tuner picture-in-picture feature? Several years ago, many manufacturers offered this feature, but it seems to have disappeared. I do not choose to purchase another tuner device to obtain a PIP image.

A. Craigson

Sorry, but I'm afraid you're out of luck. Virtually all TV manufacturers have abandoned two-tuner PIP because the vast majority of consumers get their TV via cable or satellite, not over the air. Also, many cable and satellite boxes offer two-tuner PIP, making this feature completely unnecessary in the TV for most viewers.

Some TVs provide PIP capabilities with their internal tuner and an external source, such as a cable or satellite box or Blu-ray player. Last time I checked, these included sets from Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. Manufacturers that offer no PIP capabilities at all include Panasonic, LG, and Sharp.

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mailiang's picture

You would think DTV would offer that feature on their DVR's, but they don't.


shwami loki's picture

I'm pretty sure its not the majority that are on pay tv, its just that the market of free over the air broadcast folks are probably cheaper as a whole and thus less likely to pay for such a feature. complicating product lines with multiple skus = costly...cheap people are cheap..thus you have this gap in the market.