I’ve mentioned before that the Synergy app is awesome.
The image to the right is a configuration at my friend’s house where my laptop (bottom) is controlling his dual-monitor computer setup (one regular monitor and an HD TV on top).
It works great as a remote and, yes, you can watch Hulu on it without being charged for watching Hulu on a TV device.
There are a lot of new internet TV solutions, but with just a little bit of extra work a very easy-to-control TV setup works that’s far more flexible than what’s on the market today.
That being said, I do own an Apple TV and what’s nice about these types of devices is that they are small and focus on a simple user interface to get access to content.