It probably doesn’t get much simpler than this when it comes to getting video files onto your TV. Here’s a USB hard drive dock that’s got an HDMI output on the back of it and includes a remote control.
Of course you’d have to plug it into your computer, dump files onto the drive, then unplug it and set it back up next to your TV, which makes for a cumbersome process. Or you could just move your TV right next to your computer, in which case you could just run cables straight from your computer to your TV.
Whatever the case, the dock costs $79, which seems pricey. If you’re still interested, it’ll play back up to 1080i resolution files in the following formats: MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, and VOB. The back of the dock features HDMI, component, and composite outputs and the unit accepts 3.5- and 2.5-inch SATA hard drives, along with SD cards.
SATA HDD Multimedia Dock II (HDMI) [Brando]