How to Use PIP Using a Digital Cable Box

By Christopher Kennedy

Having digital cable means more television programming options. With more channels and programs, the chances increase that two things you want to watch will air at the same time. The picture-in-picture (PIP) feature allows you to view two programs at the same time.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital cable box
  • Digital cable box remote controller

Step 1

Ensure your digital cable box has the picture-in-picture feature. Most Scientific Atlantic cable boxes have the option, while most Motorola cable boxes do not. Also, consult with your cable provider to see if the feature is offered in your area.

Step 2

Locate the PIP button commands on your remote, usually featured at the bottom of the remote.

Step 3

Press "On-Off" to activate the feature. The PIP window will appear on your television's screen.

Step 4

Press "Swap" to alternate between the active windows.

Step 5

Press "Move" to relocate the PIP window to another location on your television's screen.

Step 6

Press "PIP CH +" or "PIP CH -" to change the channel of the PIP window.

Tips & Warnings

  • The PIP feature only enables volume for one program and is usually the audio associated with the active or main window.

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