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?