Picture In Picture

tvI've never owned a television with Picture in Picture capability. I've always thought PiP would be awesome for sporting events. You could have one hockey game in he corner while you watched another, or you could have the Jays game in the corner while you watched the Raps.

PiP sort of blew up in the 90s when everyone seemed to be buying new televisions with this technology. When I bought my 27" Sony Trinitron about eight years ago, it didn't have PiP, but I figured my next decent tv would have it. Here I am in 2008 and I'm still PiP-less. I'm also PVR-less and HDTV-less.

The stories I'll have for my grandkids about what we had to endure back in the day...

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Join the club! I'm still on the CRT/VCR system! I do have Rogers Personal TV though. Whoo, go me.

April 16, 2008 @ 11:37 AM

James Edgar

We have PIP on our Digital PVR . Big whoop we never use it. Still on a CRT myself BTW.

April 16, 2008 @ 11:43 AM

Toronto Mike

I thought I might be the only guy left on the CRT / VCR system. Although I do have digital cable and TMN...

April 16, 2008 @ 11:47 AM

James Edgar

We just got the DVR at Christmas our VCR is still in the house and may yet still see use on a spare TV

April 16, 2008 @ 1:27 PM


PIP is overrated and not practically usable. You need a second tuner in order to watch another channel in PIP, so ironically one of the more common usage scenarios is when you DO have a VCR (one input has the VCR tuner, the other input is the TV's own). This doesn't play nice with the new HD/digital boxes that you'll need to get any use out of your HDTV.

The only other useful situation is if you wanted to watch TV in one picture and say a movie from your DVD player in another. But who would ever do that? haha

April 16, 2008 @ 2:08 PM

Ajax Mike

The Rogers PVR (as Annemarie is most likely referring to) has PiP built in, no second tuner required. What I find handy is that it automatically shows what the PVR is recording if you're not watching that channel. So if you've forgotten what you've scheduled, or if it's a variable length thing (like a live TV show), you can quickly check on it without missing anything.

April 16, 2008 @ 4:02 PM


No, I don't have PVR - I thought that's what I was getting too (it was free for a year for being a good customer), but nope, I just have the regular Rogers Personal TV. *sigh*

April 16, 2008 @ 7:23 PM

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