A number of Samsung Liquid Crystal Display High Definition Television models in 2010 come with a Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature. PIP lets you view two pictures simultaneously. Some of the limitations on what can be viewed simultaneously, and the manner and ratios in which they can be displayed, depend on the abilities of the television itself. Samsung describes these in the feature's specifications.
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PIP Viewing Capability
The Picture-in-Picture feature of Samsung LCD HDTV has certain limitations. Samsung HD televisions are single-tuner televisions, meaning that the TVs cannot display two channels simultaneously. Thus, PIP can only be used to watch either one television channel and one exterior source, or two exterior sources, simultaneously. Exterior sources compatible with the Samsung LCD HDTV that can be viewed simultaneously with the PIP feature include DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS players; Internet connections, and video game consoles.
PIP Viewing Ratio
Samsung LCD HDTV PIP allows viewers to choose between three formats for watching simultaneous pictures. Side-by-side split screen displays both pictures in a 4:3 aspect ratio, with one program showing on the left half of the television screen and one program showing on the right half. Double Wide displays both pictures in the same side-by-side split screen format as described previously, but each picture is displayed in a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. Standard picture-in-picture format displays one picture in a small window while playing the other on the entire screen. In this format, each picture is displayed in its original aspect ratio.
The standard picture-in-picture view allows Samsung LCD HDTV owners to move the smaller image to one of four positions on the screen. These four positions are the four corners of the screen. This PIP feature specification is designed to allow viewers to watch simultaneous pictures of myriad natures without the small window interfering with the action on the larger window. For instance, while watching a sports program with scrolling scores or a foreign film with subtitles at the bottom of the screen, PIP can be placed in either top corner of the television.
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