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Digital Signal and Picutre in Picture

by canterbu / June 4, 2008 10:44 PM PDT

I purchased a Samsung LN-T4671 HDTV a few months ago. When viewing the Picture in Picture, I noticed that it will not display the Digital channels that I can get over local air broadcasts. The Picture in Picture will only display the analog channels. My fear is that in 2009 when all broadcasting goes digital, this will render my Picture in Picutre function useless. I called Samsung support about this issue and the person that I talked to said that it should work fine with the digital conversion, that there should not be any issues. This does not seem correct to me, since it currently will not work, even though I have an HD capable antenna hooked up to the coax port.
Is the Picture in Picture not going through the Digital decoder (ATSC)?
How can I get a digital signal in the PIP window?

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How do you have it connected?...
by RustyDallas / June 5, 2008 1:07 AM PDT

I don't have your TV but I found that if I just used a splitter to split the cable coming from the wall and ran one into my receiver and then back out to the TV via HDMI and the second straight to the coaxial input on the back of my TV, I received all channels (both analog and digital for both pictures). Time Warner swore I would need a second standard def cable box but that wasn't true. Also, on my TV, the second picture only displays in 480P but I do get digital channels. Is it possible that the second picture is only picking up stations over the air from the TV's own antenna? I know on mine, that would be a possibility.

Rusty

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Do you see any external input connection...
by ahtoi / June 5, 2008 11:32 AM PDT

for the PIP function? Basically, TV with pip do have 2 tuners (or required 2 tuners for its function).

Of coarse if it has the external connection, then all is need is the converter box.

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Connections
by canterbu / June 10, 2008 7:19 AM PDT

Here is how I have my TV connected.
Cable Box is connected through Component Video (receiving DTV and HDTV content).
HD capable AIR antenna (Rabbit Ears) hooked to COAX (receiving Air/analog signal and HDTV Content)

I have recently realized that I might be confusing HD and Digital TV. With Air antenna (hooked to coax) I can watch analog TV and HDTV (Alternate channels, ie: 8 = analog , 8-1 = HDTV) but when I am using the picture in picture only 8 shows up, there is no 8-1.

Is there any way to check to see if I can get Digital TV witout using a converter box or my cable box?

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