How Does the Picture-In-Picture Feature on a Samsung LCD Work?

By Daniel Hatter

Coaxial cable to connect with the RF jack on an LCD TV.
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Picture-In-Picture, or PIP as it is commonly abbreviated, is a feature included with some Samsung LCD HDTVs that enables viewing two inputs at the same time. When the feature is turned on, the current source becomes the main picture, and the analog coaxial TV source becomes the Picture-In-Picture at the top-right of the screen. To make the Picture-In-Picture feature on your Samsung LCD HDTV work, you need two different inputs connected to it, such as HDMI/Coaxial, Component/Coaxial or VGA/Coaxial.

Step 1

Connect the desired inputs to your Samsung LCD HDTV. Note that the secondary picture to be used by Picture-In-Picture mode must be an analog TV source -- such as a cable box or digital antenna -- connected via a coaxial cable. The coaxial input on your Samsung LCD will be on the back panel and should be labeled "ANT IN," "CABLE IN" or "COAX IN."

Step 2

Turn on your Samsung LCD HDTV and turn on the two input sources you would like to use, such as your Blu-ray/DVD player and cable box, or your video game console and digital antenna. Switch the input on your Samsung to the input used by the non-coaxial device.

Step 3

Press the "PIP" button on your Samsung remote control. A smaller box showing the input from your cable box or antenna will appear at the top-right of the screen. Use the channel buttons on your cable box remote, or if you're using an antenna, use the channel buttons on the Samsung remote to change the channel in the Picture-In-Picture box.