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First of all, TWC reps are uninformed about future programming until official Press Releases are made, otherwise, they are guessing. There has been no announcements concerning future HD except to say they are working on ESPN-HD.
WRGB-DT in HD may have to wait till early September, but it is definately coming soon.
Since TWC-Albany currently allows WTEN-DT to be on the lineup, they would come under heavy fire if they didn't add the other locals when they were made available.
Most HD-STB's include an ATSC tuner, which is why you can get OTA DTV with them. You may want to consider just an ATSC tuner, not an HD-STB. An ATSC tuner will only tune-in OTA signals (analog, DTV and HDTV) and runs a few hundred dollars less. In terms of a good model... I don't know... check out the DTV receivers in the hardware forums, I've always felt Zenith makes the best HD consumer gear. DON"T BUY A PANASONC STB/ATSC Tuner... THEY SUCK!
I myself use a Radio Shack rooftop antenna on a rotor. Subscribe to D* with HDTV tier and HBO-HD. So I am missing out on WTEN-DT for now and SHO-HD(because it's not worth another $10 to me), but the cost to me is also around $54/mo.
Like I said before, TWC-Albany will probably one day soon outshine D*'s offerings, but for me that day is months, if not a year or two, away.