It’s no secret that technology has changed the way we live. Television is one of the many ways that technology has impacted our lives and, in turn, the way we watch television has changed as well. In this article, we will explore the history of the joint screen TV and how it works.
We will also discuss why they failed to take off and were discontinued. Finally, we will introduce dual-screen TVs and explain why they are a better option for watching TV than joint screen TVs ever were.
How Does a Joint Screen TV Work?
A Joint Screen TV is a type of television that allows two or more people to view different content simultaneously. This can be done by splitting the screen into multiple layers, with each layer being seen depending on if you have the “left eye” or “right eye” glasses on.
A Joint Screen TV uses a technology called “polarized light.” This means that the screen is made up of two screens placed on each other. The top screen has horizontal lines, while the bottom has vertical lines.
When you look at the screen with your left eye, you will only see the top screen. When you look at the screen with your right eye, you will only see the bottom screen. This allows each person to see a different image, even though they are looking at the same screen.
Think about how 3D TVs work: You wear special 3D glasses to view TV. The left eye image appears on the screen, then the right eye image, and back again. Only there can be issues: Some 3D types only manage half resolution, and others can have problems like “cross-talk,” images that leak from one view to the other.
How Joint Screen TVs use this technology: One show may be sent to someone wearing glasses that display the “left-eye perspective,” while another can be sent to someone who is wearing the “right-eye view.” And each TV set comes with earbuds, so there will be no issues with overlapping audio.
Joint Screen TV Glasses
The glasses used for Joint Screen TVs are similar to those used for 3D TVs. They are made of two different plastic colors, usually red and blue. These colors block out specific colors of light, which allows each eye to see a different image.
The most significant difference between Joint Screen TV glasses and 3D TV glasses is that the Joint Screen TV glasses do not have to be synchronized with the TV. This means that you can start watching a show on your Joint Screen TV without having to wait for the glasses to “sync up.”
What Are the Benefits of a Joint Screen TV?
A Joint Screen TV can be beneficial for several reasons. For example, if you have children, you can put on a kids’ show for one child while simultaneously watching something else with your partner. This can help prevent arguments about what to watch on TV.
Another benefit is that it can allow you to multitask. For example, you can watch a cooking show while your partner watches a football game. This can be helpful if you want to learn how to cook but don’t want to miss the big game.
Are Joint Screen TVs Still Available?
No, Joint Screen TVs died as fast as the 3D TV trend almost 10 years ago. There are two main reasons for this; TV manufacturers could not bring the price down to where everyday people can afford to have one in their homes and because, at the end of the day, something like this is just a gimmick.
While gimmicks are fun and can last for a while, it’s hard for customers to warrant spending $1000’s just so they can have a TV that can cast two different shows at once, unless, of course, you did despise the sort of shows your friend or a family member was into.
The Cost of Joint Screen TVs Back In The Day
Joint Screen TVs were not cheap when they first came out, and even the lower-end models cost around $3,000. The price was one of the main reasons why these TVs did not take off like manufacturers wanted them to.
Even though there are no longer any Joint Screen TVs on the market, you can find some used models online. However, we do not recommend buying one as you will likely end up spending more money on repairs and replacement parts than the TV is worth.
The Rise and Fall of 3D Television
Several manufacturers made Joint Screen TVs, but the most notable ones were Sony and LG. These companies were also some of the first to release 3D TVs, which likely contributed to their decision to jump on the Joint Screen TV bandwagon.
However, as we mentioned before, these TVs did not last long on the market, and both Sony and LG have since discontinued them. If you’re interested in watching 3D TV, you’ll likely have to buy a used Joint Screen TV as they are no longer being manufactured.
Dual Screen TVs: A Viable Alternative That Works
The joint screen TV is a thing of the past. Thanks to technological advances, we now have dual-screen TVs taking over the market.
A dual-screen TV is a type of television that has two screens (or has one giant screen that functions as two individual screens). The two screens may be side-by-side, or they may be stacked on top of each other. Dual screen TVs are typically used to watch two different programs simultaneously or to display two different images.
Dual screen TVs can be beneficial for families who want to watch different programs simultaneously, or for businesses that need to display two different images. They can also be used for gaming, allowing two people to play against each other while video chatting on the same screen.
There are a few things to consider before purchasing a dual-screen TV. First, you will need to decide which type of TV you want. There are LCD and plasma dual-screen TVs available.
Next, you will need to determine the size of the screens. The size of the screens will be determined by the size of your room and how far away you plan on sitting from the TV.
Finally, you will need to decide if you want a TV with Wi-Fi or not.
How to Watch Two Programs Without a Dual Screen TV
With a suitable TV already in your home, you don’t need to go out and buy a new one just to watch two programs at the same time. Some TV’s, such as an LG TV, have a dual play feature.
With an LG TV that has this feature, you are able to select two different shows to watch, and they will be displayed on the screen side-by-side. This is a great way to watch two programs at the same time without having to go out and purchase a whole new TV or sacrifice missing the Soccer results while you watch your favorite true crime show.
What TV Can Split Screen?
Not all TVs can display two programs side-by-side, but many do. If you want to know if your TV can display two programs simultaneously, check your user manual or contact the manufacturer.
Some of the TVs that have this feature include:
- Samsung Q60T
- Sony X950G
- LG OLED
- Vizio P-Series Quantum X
Yes, Samsung TVs have a similar feature to LG’s dual play, instead, it is known as ‘dual view’. With Samsung’s dual view, you can connect two different HDMI sources to the TV (or just pull up two of your favorite shows) and watch them side-by-side (or top-bottom).
You can also use this feature to display one picture-in-picture (PIP). This means that you could have your video game console playing in a small box in the corner of the screen while you watch a movie on the rest of the screen.
To use Samsung’s dual view feature, you will need to connect two HDMI sources to the TV. Once connected, go to the Menu and select ‘Picture.’ Select ‘PIP Sub-Screen’ and then ‘Dual View.’
Joint Screen TVs are no longer being manufactured, but you can still find some used models online. We do not recommend buying a Joint Screen TV as the manufacturer no longer supports them, and you will likely spend more money on repairs and replacement parts than the TV is worth.
If you’re interested in watching two programs simultaneously, we recommend checking to see if your TV already has this feature. If it doesn’t, you can purchase a dual-screen TV. Dual-screen TVs are beneficial for families or businesses that need to display two different images.
They can also be used for gaming, allowing two people to play against each other while video chatting on the same screen.