Originally Posted by COOLRIVER
This was posted a little earlier and went unanswered.
I also would like to know more about the PIP function on the 5080, as I recall there were some pretty restrictive use on the 5070's PIP function.
Can anyone who uses the PIP feature tell me your likes and dislikes about this feature on this TV?
1 Does this tv require one window to be the internal tuner (atsc/ntsc/qam) with all other sources available in the second window? What are PIP options with cable (qam) and options with over air (ATSC)?
2 QAM tuner, does it do a good job (or better) of tuning in all channels as other qam tuners? (I think I recall some problems with the 5070's early on)
3 ATSC tuner, same question as #2.
Appreciate any info, thanks Coolriver.
I used to use PIP a lot until I got a DVR, and now I rarely do, so I may not be the best one to answer all your questions, but I'll try with some of them.
1. Yes to the first. I have D*, so I know nothing about the QAM. OTA options are to either use both tuners or one tuner and an external source. (I only use the HDMI connections, so I can't verify it works with other inputs, but presume it does.) You can't use two HDMI inputs.
2. Can't comment.
3. I'd say the ATSC tuner is a bit disappointing. It seems to be slightly poorer than my D* HR10-250's tuner. I suspect it is about on a par with D*s newer HR20, which is a step back from the HR10. It also seems to be poorer with multipath rejection than my old Panasonic plasma. These are empirical judgments based on a couple of weeks use. I lack any equipment to quantify this, and what I've observed may be temporarily affected by weather, sunspots or who-knows-what. I live in a strong signal area afflicted with severe multipath problems, so the challenge to my tuners may be different than yours.
One thing some people find objectionable is that the side by side picture retains the original format rather than squeezing and distorting both to fill the screen. This results in smaller pictures with gray "letter box" bars at the top and bottom. I actually prefer this format (I had the other style on my Panasonic), but a lot of people complain about it.