Okay, who uses Picture in Picture?

Rudy_lI made an exciting discovery Saturday night, when I accidentally set a bottle down on top of the TV remote that I’ve had FOR TWO YEARS — I have Picture in Picture.

Now, of course, I want to know who (else) uses PIP, when, and how often. I think I’ll only invoke it when I’m watching one movie in its entirety, but need to see one scene of another. (Pictured, for example, is the moment that I pressed Swap so that I could enjoy the end of Rudy, while Die Hard moved, briefly, to the small box.) I suppose I could also see PIP coming in handy during the Summer Olympics, when I’ll want to keep an eye out for gymnastics, diving, and synchronized swimming coverage while not sitting through wrestling. You? 

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  • Bob

    It’s actually really useful when there are two sports games on that no one really cares about watching but would like to get a vague idea about the score every once and a while.

  • Robert

    I use my picture in picture on an almost daily basis. I play video games on the big picture, and then keep the TV on, with sound, on the little picture. It’s quite useful.

    • Secret

      How do you do that?

  • Anonymous

    Super-useful during commercial breaks. Say you’re watching House, it goes to commercial, but you want to flip through other channels without missing a moment of sardonic wit. Boom–PiP to the rescue!

  • marblebag

    When you have multiple devices hooked up to a screen, you can use PiP to play tekken 2 while watching porn on the main sceren.

  • Anonymous

    My parents have what they call “PIP”, but in actuality it’s just two TVs that they keep on at the same time so that they can watch the Phillies (or what ever sporting event is on) while at the same time enjoy Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Now i enjoy PIP, but that is just plain ridiculous.

  • Amy

    My PIP is included on my DVR box from Time Warner Cable. I just used it this past weekend to watch the Astros and Rangers ballgames that were on at the same time.

  • Heather

    For me, it’s when it involves sports, mostly. Usually sports I’m only marginally watching. That way I can monitor when it comes back from commercial while catching a few minutes of something else I’m not really invested in. (The Olympics are going to make it really, really fun to use.)

  • Sarah

    Because I sometimes have trouble keeping my attention on one thing, I used to use PIP all the time – TV show in one box, casual-style video game in the other. Unfortunately, our current TV doesn’t have PIP.

  • aps

    woohoo, go phils!!! yeah. i used to use PIP all the time, but it doesn’t work anymore in the sense that i am not able to watch two tv shows at the same time, due to my cable provider. i wish i still had it. i loved that thing.

  • Benjh

    Right now (and same tomorrow and wedn) there are 2 euro soccer games at the same time. The outcome of one game impacts the other, so I use PIP (which I discovered on my remote about 5 seconds after receiving it). I’ll swap to watch a goal replay.

  • tvobsessed

    I use it all of the time!!
    I usually use it during commercial breaks, but I have been known to use it while watching 2 soaps. Put closed captioning on one screen, put the volume on the other and you can literally watch and comprehend both programs at the same time.
    Check your PIP because you may be able to change the size of the PIP screen to 1/2 screen, or corner of screen or 1 large whole picture with pip small on the side.
    My name does say tvobsessed, doesn’t it??

  • Anjeliki

    Mostly use PiP when the show we’re watching is on commercial (a newly-coined word in our house – “pipswap” – means the original show is back, and the remote controller needs to switch back. We also use it to watch two sports games at a time – works great for football, but it drives my husband nuts.

  • chellrene

    I use PIP to watch something on regular TV and something I have DVRd. While the regular show is on commercials, I pull up the DVR show and put hte regular show in the corner, when it comes back from commericial I “pipswap” (great word)back to the regular TV show.

  • Kai-

    Okay…I’ll admit that I totally forgot we have PIP until I read this post. I usually just use the jump/back button to go back and forth when I’m interested in two shows at once or just DVR one and watch it later.

  • skye

    I CAN’T do it! It makes me so mad! We even HAVE an HD tv and It STILL DOESN’T WORK (Tragedy of my life, if you can’t tell)

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