It would appear that the TV is not smart. I have the Samsung Blu Ray player that may possibly be smart - I'll look into it - thanks.
The AirPlay lets your iPad access home computer from a remote place.
Check this: How do you stream MKV/AVI/MP4/MPG/WMV/DVD to iPad and iPhone 5? - Home sharing vs. Air Video
WD TV Live
which lets you connect an external harddrive or stream from your PC all kinds of video files (MKV, AVI, ISO etc) to your TV. It comes with a remote, making it pretty easy to navigate.
For your remote-needs, maybe look into Splashtop:
Splashtop 2 - Remote Desktop for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad! Over 8 million users are enjoying Splashtop apps today, and you should too!
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* Access all your programs and files with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Chrome, Safari, and all other PC/Mac applications
* Watch all the videos that are playable only on your computer, including Flash (Hulu, Youtube, etc.), DVDs, and Windows Media Player
* Listen to the music library on your computer, whatever format it’s in (WMA, RealAudio, MP3, AAC, etc.)
* Play all the 3D games (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Skyrim, Diablo III, etc.) and all the Flash games (FarmVille, CityVille, etc.)
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