Watch Two Channels at Once with Picture in Picture

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Have you ever found yourself flipping between playoff games during commercials to check out how your team’s rival is doing? Or maybe you’re watching a movie, and you want to find out how the game is going… Or perhaps you just want a quick weather or news update. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could watch two shows at once instead of flipping between channels and risking missing something? With the DISH Hopper DVR, you can. Here are some of the ways you can watch two shows at once with the Hopper.

The Hopper supports a feature called Picture in Picture. PIP lets you display one broadcast in the main part of your screen while simultaneously viewing a second broadcast in a smaller inset window.

How to Use Picture in Picture

To activate PIP, you must first have a Hopper receiver set to Single Mode, which you can set by pressing the Mode button on the front of your receiver. If you’re using a recent remote (version 40.0), press the PIP button on the bottom row of your remote. This will open a second broadcast in a small inset window in the corner of your screen.

You can use the Position button to the right of the PIP button to move the location of the inset window around. Pressing the Position button multiple times in PIP mode will cycle you through several location options.

Pressing the PIP button twice lets you switch which broadcast is playing in the small window. The Swap button to the left of the PIP button also lets you change which show is displaying in the small frame. Pressing the PIP button four times will close PIP.

Watch two shows side-by-side

watch two channels side by side

You also have the option of watching two shows side-by-side, at the same size, instead of playing one in a small window. To activate this option, you can either press the PIP button three times or press PIP to bring up an on-screen menu row where you can arrow over to the Side by Side option and pick Select.

If you change the channel, the broadcast on the left side of the screen will change. Use the Swap button to change which program is showing on the left side of the screen.

It works for music, too

You can also use your second channel option to play streaming music from a source such as SiriusXM, included in many popular DISH packages. This can be useful for providing background music to a broadcast.

More options

If watching two shows isn’t enough for you, you can even watch four shows at once with the new DISH Hopper 3. The Hopper 3 includes a feature called MultiView Mode that lets you display up to four 4K broadcasts on the same screen. You need an Ultra HD 4K TV to get the best-quality picture, but if you only have an HD TV, the picture will adjust to your set’s quality.