I voted that it will be in some sets and not in others. BTW, this poll should also be posted on the DLP/Rear Projection section as there are lots of folks there with new HDTV sets that have PIP options (some more advanced and some less advanced than others). Though the Sharp and Sony 1080p LCD's have left PIP out of their current line of HDTV's there are still a few sets that include it as token attractions: the Westy 42/47/37w series, the Sammy 4X95D/4X96/5296D/etc., Toshiba HL/LX/LZ series, the JVC LT-FN/FH96-97, etc. The unreleased Olevia 747i and 742i 1080p LCD's are also supposed to have PIP options but the set still hasn't shipped so that's a wild card.
Having PIP in a specific TV set doesn't necessarily mean it will be the type of PIP that is useful to all PIP lovers' needs. Take the Sammy LCD PIP options, for example: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...-01047F-00.pdf
(highlight the page number on the bottom from '1' to '50' and press 'Enter' to go to the PIP section directly). The Sammy's PIP options not only severely limits what can be viewed in PIP (check that chart at the bottom of page 51 of the manual) but you have to go to a menu, then a sub-menu and the hit enter to highlight whether you want 50-50 split, screen position, etc. It's a mess, but this is the PIP format that is becoming mainstream now because the Sammy LCD's are making their way into so many homes. Compare that Sammy PIP format to the options of the current king of the 1080p LCD brands when it comes to PIP options: the Mitsubishi LT-37131, LT-37132, LT-46131 and LT-46231 (http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/img/287665
, highlight '1' and replace it with '54-55'...WOW!
). You can even do PIP with a 1080p or PC signal (though limited compared to the other picture sizes)! But will Mitsubishi be rewarded by the PIP faithful for catering to them, or will the masses flock to the brands they know and either accept inferor PIP (i.e. Sammy, Toshiba, etc.) or no PIP at all (Sharp, Sony)? The answer my frieds is blowing in the winds (and on the results of this poll).