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When I activate the PIP on the remote, either one of the pic's are black or they are both the same. I am unable to watch a different cable channel. Please advise how to change channels on the PIP. Thanks, Shelly

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If your using a cable box it will not work, unless you get two boxes for that tv. You could get a cable splitter and have the cable box on one side and straight cable on the other side.

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