Need advice on controlling 2 TVs at once

Years ago, my dad had a TV that would do Picture in a Picture. He loved it. He could watch a race and a ballgame at the same time, or if my mom was in the room he could watch a TV show with her and be able to check his game during commercials. When he went to buy a new large flat screen, they told him that Picture in a Picture was no longer offered. Not one to change his ways, my dad bought two TVs for the living room… a 55″ that sits on top of the cabinet, and a 32″ that he uses as his “Picture in a Picture” TV. They had Charter at their old house and now have UVerse. With the cable boxes, he just puts two in the living room, sets them to what he wants to watch, and uses the last channel button to switch the TVs back and forth between his two shows. It works great for him. However, I am trying to talk him into switching to DirecTV Now for the new house they are moving into because they will need 8+ cable boxes if they don’t. He is onboard with the idea, but concerned about how his “Picture in a Picture” setup is going to work. I don’t know whether to direct him to a Fire Stick, Apple TV, Roku, etc… or the best way to go about making it work. For reference, he isn’t completely technologically challenged (my mom is a little slower though), but they do not use smart phones so it will need to be easy to control from the remote itself. I told him I’d ask r/cordcutters because if anyone knew of a solution, you guys would!

6 Replies to “Need advice on controlling 2 TVs at once”

  1. Doesn’t PS Vue have PiP when accessed thru a PS4? In fact, I think you can do 4 channels on it. Seriously tho, most devices/remotes I’ve seen don’t do well with last channel flipping.

  2. Wow, I had it all figured out until you said they don’t use smart phones.

    I have 3 TCL Roku TV’s in my basement bar and use the Roku app to control them.

    But, you could do the same thing by buying them two used iPhones or other smart phones and downloading the Roku app to them and just use them as remotes only – no cell service.

  3. My in-laws have DirectTv. The TVs don’t support it because that functionality has moved into the DVR/tuner boxes so you only need one DVR/tuner box on the TV.

  4. >With the cable boxes, he just puts two in the living room, sets them to what he wants to watch, and uses the last channel button to switch the TVs back and forth between his two shows.

    I just wanted to say this is hilariously ingenious.

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