I would like some guidance on hardware for getting TV from the Internet.
What hardware features should I try and get?
First of all, let me say that TV might be a bit of a confusing term. By TV, I mean channels like BBC, Discovery, that sort of thing. Many channels are these days are broadcast via the Internet. I don't know if TV is the correct phrase for this. There might be some good channels that aren't sent over the Internet. Which are they?
Part of what is confusing is that Internet Television, Web Television and IPTV are all different things. See the Wiki.
Secondly, I would like to check if my understanding of the topology is OK. Is this best: Internet into router, maybe wireless from router to living room laptop, then either wired or wireless from the laptop to the "TV".
As far as the "TV" itself is concerned, I am a bit confused. Is the only important thing here the panel? Wouldn't it just be best to get say a 30" IPS computer monitor, like this one? That is a great price and a 30" panel with excellent resolution. This monitor is a lot cheaper than what I see listed as Smart TVs or Internet TVs. It has better resolution, too. Would there be something this monitor set up couldn't do?
I would have to wire some speakers from the living room laptop to some speakers, too.
If you know a good web page about this sort of thing, please provide a link.