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How to Make PIP Work on a Sony TV

Updated March 23, 2017

Picture-in-picture is the ability to display one signal on a television screen while displaying the feed from another signal on a smaller or adjacent window within the screen. Over-the-air signals would allow owners of a PIP enabled television to display two different channels. Sony television owners cannot display two channels from a cable or satellite set-top box, but they can display a television feed along with a feed from a computer or other media source.

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  1. Connect the Sony TV to the cable or satellite set-top box via HDMI or composite cables on the rear panel of the set.

  2. Connect the computer or video game console to the TV via HDMI, VGA or composite cables. You can also use S-video cables and a separate audio RCA cable if the video game console or computer is equipped with the appropriate outlets.

  3. Turn on the Sony TV and press the "Source" button on the remote control. Scroll through the source options with the directional pad on the remote control until the source for the cable or satellite set-top box is highlighted. The source will vary depending upon which port you have chosen to connect the set-top box to the TV. Press "OK" in the centre of the directional pad on the remote control to select the source.

  4. Press the "Options" button on the remote control. Scroll down to option labelled "PIP" and press "OK." The alternate feed will be displayed in a smaller window over the larger feed from the set-top box.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sony TV remote control
  • HDMI cables (optional)
  • VGA cable (optional)

About the Author

Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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