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Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 9:53 am

Is this possible?

I host an "NFL Sunday" every week during the season, and I've got about a dozen or so pals that come over to watch, and there are about 8 teams that are cheered for. In the past, I've been using twin 42" TVs to watch 2 games simultaneously through the day, with a complicating system to ensure everyones happy (actually not that complicated, and not everyone is always happy, but usually people will concede if their game sucks, as well flipping between games during commercials etc).

Anyways, I'm moving into a new apartment, and the layout is quite different. Am considering buying a new TV and selling my 2 42" TVs. Ideally I'd like to buy a MASSIVE TV, one that can be split into 4 screens. Does such a TV exist? I've been googling for an hour and can't find one.

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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Tue May 26, 2015 10:41 am

Buy a 3rd 42 inch.

Or buy the new TV and pull the other two out as needed.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 10:51 am

A Man's Part wrote:Buy a 3rd 42 inch.

Or buy the new TV and pull the other two out as needed.


Part of of the reason I want to get just one big one is that I'm only using multiple screens 17 days a year, and the test of the time having multiple TVs looks a bit ridiculous, as well having one giant TV would be better for watching movies and tv etc.

Why doesn't this technology exist? Doesn't seem like it would be that complicated.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby NYBF » Tue May 26, 2015 11:28 am

How MASSIVE a TV are you looking to get?

75" = roughly 66x37
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 12:30 pm

A 60" tv would be nice. But I'm only getting. One of I can find one that can split into 4 screens. As far as I can tell the Samsung quad screen needs 4 sources to work, I want it from one ideally,
My cable box. Picture In Picture was available over a decade ago, how do no TVs have this ability?
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby NYBF » Tue May 26, 2015 12:37 pm

Not sure why it posted half my original thought. Anyway, a 60" TV split in 4 will give you 4 - 30" screens all piled on top of each other. Unless you're sitting right in front of the TV, that's not optimal viewing. I really think you'd be better off just going with a 3rd 42" and trying to make that work.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 12:44 pm

NYBF wrote:Not sure why it posted half my original thought. Anyway, a 60" TV split in 4 will give you 4 - 30" screens all piled on top of each other. Unless you're sitting right in front of the TV, that's not optimal viewing. I really think you'd be better off just going with a 3rd 42" and trying to make that work.

That's a good call. Though 2 usually does the job, I also have my laptop and iPad for peeps if they insist on watching their team blowout the jaguars.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Tue May 26, 2015 12:59 pm

real bucs fan wrote:A 60" tv would be nice. But I'm only getting. One of I can find one that can split into 4 screens. As far as I can tell the Samsung quad screen needs 4 sources to work, I want it from one ideally,
My cable box. Picture In Picture was available over a decade ago, how do no TVs have this ability?



Does your Cable box support picture in picture?

It is what actually receives the signal from your cable company. It would need multiple tuners as well, but most DVR boxes support multiple tuners.

Any TV will need 4 sources, because it just displays what is provided. Its not as if you change channels via your TV anymore.

In the past your TV would have a tuner(multiple actually for PIP), and that is how it could accomplish such a thing.

also, I'm not sure if your TV signal is different with you being in Canada and all..
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Tue May 26, 2015 1:04 pm

real bucs fan wrote:
A Man's Part wrote:Buy a 3rd 42 inch.

Or buy the new TV and pull the other two out as needed.


Part of of the reason I want to get just one big one is that I'm only using multiple screens 17 days a year, and the test of the time having multiple TVs looks a bit ridiculous, as well having one giant TV would be better for watching movies and tv etc.

Why doesn't this technology exist? Doesn't seem like it would be that complicated.


Aside from that your next post confirms this exists and you dont like how it logistically needs to work(you could order multiple set top boxes).

I still think another 42 is the way to go. Those are like $400-$500 these days. You could put them away in the closet if you needed to.

Myself.. I've got a 60" in the living room. I've also got a 27" and 23" monitors for those on the right side of the room. I use this for many multiple game scenarios(NBA playoffs and baseball, march madness, wife wants to watch something and i m ok with watching game in silence).

I also have a 32 " TV on a rolling TV stand that I move from the guest room when necessary. I dont understand the reservation about having 3 TVs.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 1:09 pm

A Man's Part wrote:
real bucs fan wrote:
Part of of the reason I want to get just one big one is that I'm only using multiple screens 17 days a year, and the test of the time having multiple TVs looks a bit ridiculous, as well having one giant TV would be better for watching movies and tv etc.

Why doesn't this technology exist? Doesn't seem like it would be that complicated.


Aside from that your next post confirms this exists and you dont like how it logistically needs to work(you could order multiple set top boxes).

I still think another 42 is the way to go. Those are like $400-$500 these days. You could put them away in the closet if you needed to.

Myself.. I've got a 60" in the living room. I've also got a 27" and 23" monitors for those on the right side of the room. I use this for many multiple game scenarios(NBA playoffs and baseball, march madness, wife wants to watch something and i m ok with watching game in silence).

I also have a 32 " TV on a rolling TV stand that I move from the guest room when necessary. I dont understand the reservation about having 3 TVs.


I'm moving into a 600 square foot apartment. It's really, really nice, but storage is going to be an issue, and having 3 TVs out in the living room space, considering I live with my girlfriend and she isn't that thrilled with the TV situation as is, is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

One giant TV would solve the issue, but I guess it's not realistic
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Tue May 26, 2015 1:22 pm

real bucs fan wrote:
A Man's Part wrote:
Aside from that your next post confirms this exists and you dont like how it logistically needs to work(you could order multiple set top boxes).

I still think another 42 is the way to go. Those are like $400-$500 these days. You could put them away in the closet if you needed to.

Myself.. I've got a 60" in the living room. I've also got a 27" and 23" monitors for those on the right side of the room. I use this for many multiple game scenarios(NBA playoffs and baseball, march madness, wife wants to watch something and i m ok with watching game in silence).

I also have a 32 " TV on a rolling TV stand that I move from the guest room when necessary. I dont understand the reservation about having 3 TVs.


I'm moving into a 600 square foot apartment. It's really, really nice, but storage is going to be an issue, and having 3 TVs out in the living room space, considering I live with my girlfriend and she isn't that thrilled with the TV situation as is, is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

One giant TV would solve the issue, but I guess it's not realistic


600 ft apartment with you and a girlfriend? Please tell me that is temporary. Though I can see why 2 even 3 TVs is an obstacle with that little space.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Tue May 26, 2015 5:08 pm

A Man's Part wrote:
real bucs fan wrote:
I'm moving into a 600 square foot apartment. It's really, really nice, but storage is going to be an issue, and having 3 TVs out in the living room space, considering I live with my girlfriend and she isn't that thrilled with the TV situation as is, is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

One giant TV would solve the issue, but I guess it's not realistic


600 ft apartment with you and a girlfriend? Please tell me that is temporary. Though I can see why 2 even 3 TVs is an obstacle with that little space.


Well, yea, we had to find a place on short notice as our old building got sold. New spot is a great location, everything brand newly renovated, and a wicked backyard as it's on the main floor of a house, but not alot of space at all for me and the lady. We also have a big dog. Getting a huge TV and wall mounting it is what will keep my NFL sunday game strong.

Hoping to get a house once our lease is up, we just didn't have enough time as we got 60 days notice to GTFO.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby NYBF » Wed May 27, 2015 10:42 am

Just a guess, but your girlfriend is probably bigger than 42". Replace her with a tv and save yourself some space.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Wed May 27, 2015 3:55 pm

NYBF wrote:Just a guess, but your girlfriend is probably bigger than 42". Replace her with a tv and save yourself some space.


But there are things I can do with my girlfriend I can't do with a TV. Well I could try, but I'd be risking electrocution.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Wed May 27, 2015 7:39 pm

You could watch two pornos at once with two TVs... Plus, if you got that 3rd TV...

You know.. plus one of these
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby real bucs fan » Wed May 27, 2015 8:06 pm

A Man's Part wrote:You could watch two pornos at once with two TVs... Plus, if you got that 3rd TV...

You know.. plus one of these


That got me thinking of this: https://vimeo.com/22589561

But then I'd have the same storage issue :?
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby Ironworker808 » Thu May 28, 2015 9:33 am

Get the 60" and the RedZone Channel.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby Buc2 » Thu May 28, 2015 9:41 am

Sunday Ticket also allows you to watch, simultaneously, all the games currently being played with the exception of any games being aired on a local broadcast. So, like IW said, get the 60", subscribe to Directv and purchase their Sunday Ticket package and you should be good to go.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Thu May 28, 2015 8:35 pm

Buc2 wrote:Sunday Ticket also allows you to watch, simultaneously, all the games currently being played with the exception of any games being aired on a local broadcast. So, like IW said, get the 60", subscribe to Directv and purchase their Sunday Ticket package and you should be good to go.


Is that available in Canada?
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby Buc2 » Fri May 29, 2015 7:39 am

A Man's Part wrote:
Buc2 wrote:Sunday Ticket also allows you to watch, simultaneously, all the games currently being played with the exception of any games being aired on a local broadcast. So, like IW said, get the 60", subscribe to Directv and purchase their Sunday Ticket package and you should be good to go.


Is that available in Canada?


I don't know.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby NYBF » Fri May 29, 2015 9:00 am

No, but Sounday Ticket is.
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby bucfanclw » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:26 pm

What you need is called a multi-image display processor. They're not cheap, but you can find a $1600 one here
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby A Man's Part » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:58 am

bucfanclw wrote:What you need is called a multi-image display processor. They're not cheap, but you can find a $1600 one here


Do you work in broadcasting?
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Re: Splitting TV screen to watch 2-4 games at the same time.

Postby bucfanclw » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:23 pm

A Man's Part wrote:
bucfanclw wrote:What you need is called a multi-image display processor. They're not cheap, but you can find a $1600 one here


Do you work in broadcasting?

Yup. Broadcast network engineer.
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