While there have been various attempts to meld TVs and computers, these have general not work out very well (the Macintosh TV immediately comes to mind). However, there is yet another round of attempts to merge the mindless entertainment of the TV with the mindless entertainment of the internet. Intel, for example, is now making chips for TVs and Google is working on its own TV OS. However, you can get your own internet TV (and more) now.
To cut to the chase, you can have internet TV (and more) simply by attaching a PC to your computer. When you want to watch TV, you just watch TV. When you want to use the computer, you just switch to that with the remote. It is as easy as that. But, here is what you will need and the basics of setting it up.
For an optimal set up you will need
- HD TV with an HDMI port.
- A laptop or small (and quiet) PC running Windows 7 Home Premium that has an HDMI port.
- HDMI cable.
- Wireless keyboard and mouse.
- A HD TV tuner for the PC (so you can use it as a DVR and actually watch TV while using the PC).
- Internet access, preferably wired (for optimal streaming and reliability).