On a whim, I tried plugging my crappy old VHF aerial (bits missing) into my nice new Sony Bravia (Freeview built in) and it tuned in to freeview HD. No problems, EPG working nicely etc etc. I think you have to plug it in directly ie not through any other VCR etc etc. Cool.

EDIT Moderator (RC): No need for multiple posts. This is being locked. Original is found here.