So, since I haven't finished watching "V-Pliot" from last Tuesday, I hooked up an HP DV5-1233SE to my Sony KDS55A3000 RPTV, and streamed the series from hulu.com via HDMI
No stutter, no buffering, and picture quality is more than adequate. It's actually pretty close to perhaps 720p resolution. I was utterly impressed that with my DSL connection at 2.5MB download bandwidth, I can enjoy series/movies and others.
It got me to think that perhaps now is the time to have a media/HTPC dedicated box as part of the HT system.
What do you think?