How to Hook Up PIP in LCD TVs

Updated April 17, 2017

Picture In Picture or (PIP) allows you to view video from different input sources simultaneously on your LCD TV. PIP can be extremely useful for checking the news or for keeping track of weather warnings while you watch a DVD. However, as useful as PIP is, many people never configure it on their TVs. Setting up PIP on your LCD TV often involves little more than a few button clicks and having your owner's manual handy.

Make sure that you have more than one video source connected to your TV, such as cable and antenna, or DVD player and cable.

Go to the Main Menu of your LCD TV. To do this, push the "Menu" button on your remote control.

Select "Set Up." Under "Set Up" you should see options for "PIP" or "Main and Sub Video Input." Select "Sub Video Input."

Under "Sub Video Input," choose the input source for the second Picture In Picture screen. For example if you are watching cable and wish to have the DVD player as the PIP then choose the DVD player as the Sub Video Input. Most LCD TV models may have multiple Sub Video Inputs so that you can rotate between many different video inputs by repeatedly pressing the PIP button on your remote control.

Exit the Menu and test your settings by pressing the PIP button on the remote control while viewing your LCD TV. When the button is pressed, your initial Sub Video Input source should be displayed in a box on the screen. Subsequent button presses will change to your other specified Sub Video Inputs.


Your television will always default to the first available Sub Video Input. For example, if DVD is Sub Vid 1, and you are watching a DVD and activate PIP, then Sub Vid 2 will be displayed in the PIP box. Each manufacturer and LCD model may have a unique method for setting up the PIP controls. Consult your owner's manual for details. Also, you can check the customer support section on the manufacturer's website.

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