Thanks for your comments...I guess it's Apple TV.
As much as I enjoy messing around with the PC, when it comes to watching TV and movies, I just want to watch TV & movies. I want it to be transparent.
Until now, we've been watching cable TV from our local provider, Time Warner Cable, plus BluRay movies and all on HDTV sizes 40" and 46".
The sole reason for streaming was to take advantage of NetFlix without having to receive and return DVD's in the mail. I really don't care about recording and saving anything.
We have the cable company's DVR and watch EVERYTHING recorded but sports and news.
We're really not even huge movie watchers, but thought maybe the Apple TV would just be a convenient way to watch.
I recently purchased a Toshiba Portege R705-P35 laptop computer from Best Buy to use as a small computer for travel. It has built-in "Push2TV" hardware and software. By purchasing a small Netgear PTV1000 WIRELESS TV LINK RECEIVER ($69.95 from B&H), I can display my computer screen on my HDTV wirelessly. The quality is amazingly good, and it will stream NetFlix movies very well.
I have also used it to display sporting events from ESPN3 in full-screen on my 40-inch Sony TV and it looks almost as good as ESPN from cable.
I can also project my photo slideshows wirelessly to the HDTV.
But if you don't need a new laptop, it's surely not worth the cost just for that purpose.
One would think that the "Push2TV" software, or something very similar would be available in some stand alone unit.