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Insight to Picture in Picture (PiP) TVs: Trivia and Top Contenders

written by: Nanya•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/5/2012
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Picture in Picture (PiP) TVs are becoming popular in the market day by day, and now they're available at affordable rates too. However, there are many things that folks don't know about the PiP television sets; here's some trivia and insight to some of the best Picture in Picture (PiP) TVs.

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    Trivia on PiP TVs

    Picture-in-Picture (PiP) refers to the capability of certain television receivers to display a channel on the full TV screen, and run multiple programs in inset windows simultaneously. Picture in Picture TVs (also commonly referred to as PiP TVs) usually extract sound from the main channel, and the sub-channel windows only display the video. However, the audio output of other channels can be sent via headphones optionally.

    So, now let us take a look at some of the best Picture in Picture TVs available on the market.

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    Myths About Picture in Picture TVs

    There are several things folks don’t know about Picture in Picture TV sets. When you’re trying to use an external tuner like a satellite receiver or cable box, it isn’t possible to watch multiple programs. Therefore, this essentially means that you can watch some unscrambled channels in the second window; however even if you’ve got two-tuner PiP, one cable/satellite box won’t allow you to watch two live scrambled channels as PiP. In short, you need two-tuner PiP to be able to watch two live scrambled channels on a PiP TV. With single-tuner PIPs, you'll need to use a second tuner from a VCR or a cable box.

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    Top Contenders in the Segment of Picture in Picture TVs

    Having discovered several interesting facts about the PiP TVs, it is time to take a look at some of the best PiP TV sets available on the market. The top-of-the-line models in the segment of Picture in Picture (PiP) televisions include LG LH3000, Samsung UE46B7000, Sony Bravia KDL-40W4100 TV, Vizio VW32L, and Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U; so now, let us take a look at some of the best PiP TVs.

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    LG LH3000

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    The LG LH3000 series television sets are HD Ready, and they're manufactured with 1080p picture resolution. They come with impressive capabilities, including PiP playback.

    These are energy saving TV sets with 24p Real Cinema Twin XD Engine, equipped with invisible speakers having SRS TruSurround XT, separate AV modes for games, sports, cinema, and a plethora of options.

    LG LH3000 The LG LH3000 series renders thrilling HD experience with 1920 x 1080p picture resolution and amazing sound effects. The LG LH3000 series was also offered with Digital Freeview for ensuring that you can make the digital switch-over anytime you want. You get 8 day on-screen guide, about 40 freeview radio and TV channels, and access to digital interactive services as well.

    The LG LH3000 PiP TVs have awesome high definition gaming and blu-ray capabilities, and they deliver about five times improved picture clarity in comparison to standard definition television sets. This is nearly equal to double the details rendered by HD Ready 720p television sets.

    LG’s Invisible Speaker System is yet another attractive feature of the LG LH3000 series PiP TVs; these have been personally fine tuned by the infamous audio legend - Mark Levinson!

    What's more, they come with HDMI 1.3 capabilities that steer clear of the on-screen color banding facilitating subtle gradations, and smooth tonal transitions.

    You get enhanced contrast ratio, and the LG LH3000 presents several shades of grey between white, and black, which are not to be seen on many high quality HDTVs.

    As far as the pricing goes, they offer true value for money as you can get your hands on them by spending £300-£475 or about $599-$799.

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    Samsung UE46B7000

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    Samsung-UE46B7000 Samsung UE46B7000 is basically 46'' version of its big bother; the 55'' Samsung UE55B7000 that has also bagged awesome ratings.

    As far as the performance is concerned, both these PiP TVs are simply superb, and the only major difference is screen size.

    There is minor variation in terms of contrast and brightness levels, but most of the electronic components used on both these HDTVs remain more or less the same.

    The Good

    Salient Pros of Samsung UE46B7000 include:

    • Brilliant Contrast
    • Backlit Remote Control
    • Sleek Trendy Frame
    • Excellent Image Quality for most scenes

    The Bad

    On the downside, the Samsung UE46B7000 looks too pale in dark scenes, and far worse; it is impossible to deactivate dynamic backlighting, which can turn out to be quite an irritating deal.

    Furthermore, the glossy screen of Samsung UE46B7000 suffers badly from reflections, and its sound quality is not too impressive either; pretty similar to its sibling Samsung LN46B750.

    In a Nutshell

    With LED backlighting, the Samsung B7000 produces high quality images that are sure to wow most of the customers. However, you may be badly irritated with the fact that you can't deactivate the dynamic backlighting whenever you wish to, not to mention the reflections from the glossy screen.

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    Some More Worthy Picture in Picture TVs

    Taking a look at some of the other worthy options in the segment of Picture in Picture (PiP) TVs, you will find that Syntax Olevia 537H Television, Sony Bravia KDL-40W4100 TV, Gateway XHD3000 LCD TV, Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U, and Vizio VW32L TV also deliver consistent performance.

    But, when you consider the overall ease of usage, setup, color quality, menu interface, and picture quality, as well as pricing, Samsung UE46B7000, and LG LH3000 are the obvious choices.

    You may also be interested in reading How to Create a Picture in Picture Effect in VideoStudio Pro X3.

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