Some new TV's have twin tuners, USB record 'anytime', freeview plus, etc.
Has anyone found their smart TV is good enough to do away with the freeview recorder box?
The answer to that question is very much "it depends".
In my experience using a smart TV isn't as powerful and flexible as a good dedicated recorder, and certainly not when compared to a HTPC. Personally, I like my recorders and would replace one if it died.
It's a case of horses for courses really.
The Sony TV freeview is awesome.
We have a 250GB hard drive connected to our 2year old 55" Samsung for recording. Works very well.
We usually use it to record movies only and use a freeview recorder for normal programs.