Originally Posted by JHBrandt
KABC is in Los Angeles, not NYC W
ABC is in NYC. (Interestingly, both stations are on channel 7.)
I'm making a lot of guesses here: first, I'm guessing you're using an antenna. Cable channels are almost never numbered correctly on the iView, and IIRC Cablevision in NYC scrambles all their channels, so you couldn't use the iView anyway.
Start here: http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?mktid=1
. This Web page shows all the channels in the NYC area. (However, you probably won't be within range of all of them.)
The leftmost column shows the "virtual" channel number. This is the channel number you're used to seeing. The second column shows the physical
channel number: this is the channel number you have to use when doing a manual scan.
Notice that in many cases, the virtual channel and physical channel are different. Also notice that for the major networks, the physical channel is usually a UHF channel. WABC is different though. It's virtual and physical channel are both
7, which is VHF.
Many modern antennas are designed for UHF and perform poorly on VHF. If yours is one, that could be part of the problem. WABC's signal from your antenna may be weaker than you expect, and the iView's tuner may not be quite good enough to lock it in reliably.
In that case, the solution may be as simple as a different antenna. What kind of antenna are you using?
Our local ABC affiliate is also on physical/virtual channel 7, which I think might be holdover from the old days when ABC first started broadcasting. They were relegated to the high-VHF range when all the "big" existing networks had grabbed up the primo (at that time) low-VHF channels, with their superior ability to cover a wide area and over mountains. My other ABC channel is located about 120 miles away on channel 10.
Yes, unless you have a VHF section on your antenna you are unlikely to pick up a high-VHF station. Generally, for a cheap indoor antenna a VHF section will just be the classic rabbit ears which I have recommended in this thread from experience and theory to adjust as flat as possible and with a distance of about 32 inches between
the tips of the "ears" for receiving channel 7.
But there may be another issue, because I know there is for me. You see, I don't just have one "channel 7" ("virtual" channel 7), I have two: one that broadcasts from about 45 miles away on physical channel 7, and the same virtual channel 7 on physical channel 35 from about 20 miles away. Several other channels also use these types of "repeaters" or "translators", and I hate them with a fiery passion, BECAUSE...
I get the physical channel 7 perfectly at 100 percent bar, but the physical channel 35 only comes in at about 70 percent at best and is more subject to multipath interference being UHF (my antenna is aimed towards the physical channel 7 and the closer channel 35 is about 35 degrees off-axis as well).
For different TVs and receivers this seems to present a differing set of problems. Most notably, my ChannelMaster converter box will quite often not be able to pick up channel 7 at all, even though I can watch it fine on my flat-screen right above it on a splitter. I do think that some boxes and TVs get confused by the two physical channels for the same virtual channel and in the case of the ChannelMaster box they just kind of give up.
Now many people have noted that the iView has a nasty habit of apparently tuning into a station successfully, then go black for a second, then come back a second later. This does seem to happen to me on the stations that have repeaters. For other stations, it might be adjacent channels that "confuse" the iView. In any event, you can't always rely on any particular box or TV to tune into any particular station, even WITH an appropriate antenna. Once again, welcome to the golden age of digital TV broadcasting...
Now, that said, I have a question about ABC, which may even be pertinent. For a few weeks now, I have been getting bad audio from the ABC stations during ABC programming. Local programming is fine, but the ABC shows and commercials have this kind of tinny echo-y flimsy sound, which degrades to virtual unlistenability when I crank up a program with low-frequency audio.
I thought it was just the physical channel 7 station, so I called them up about it a couple days ago and left a message with the station engineer. It now seems just a tad better but still nothing like the sound quality of all the other DD5.1 stations. Has anybody else noticed this on ABC programming? I say it may be pertinent because in my painful experience, bad digital data of any sort can have a major impact on the receivability of the station (I actually had a bad signal from a local station completely lock up my stupid Sony flat-screen, which I could only get permanently fixed by calling the station engineer, which they fixed somehow within a few hours).