I love the idea of a simple TV set that has no external boxes connected to it yet gives me access to all of the content that I want to enjoy. Unfortunately, that dream has yet to be fulfilled. Right now there is no easy way to avoid having multiple boxes connected to your television.
Here are my 2 set-ups:
Upstairs TV - Wii, Apple TV, Directv HD-DVR
Downstairs TV - Xbox 360, Directv HD-DVR, Apple TV, Samsung Blu-Ray player
I find myself using Apple TV more and more because of its Netflix access and the ability to access all of my iTunes movies, Tv shows, and music...etc.
In both set-ups, I have all of my devices running through an AV receiver and then running an HDMI cable to the television. It cuts down on some of the clutter, but that still leaves a lot of cables and boxes.
I am constantly on the lookout for a simple solution but I have yet to find one. But as I see potential solutions I will let you know.
Here's a Samsung TV that has built-in Internet that lets you access Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and more. You will still most likely need some sort of cable box so while it cuts down on an internet connected solution like an Apple TV or Roku, its still not a perfect solution. However, it does look like a pretty sweet flat panel TV. Samsung UN55D8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (Silver) - Affiliate Link