Most tvs have little memory to spool into so you might be upset to find out later how much buffer a tv has.
OK, let's get some numbers.
As the second link reveals you at half the speed to get DVD or 480 line quality.
The first link we can work backwards from the low setting to get 5 megabit per second. So here's the information and why I suggest you keep a PC in the loop for this since it will have the needed disk and buffer space to make it work.
So, I'm wanting to get a 42-inch HDTV and go exclusively to online content watching (Netflix, Hulu, etc) to get rid of my satellite tv bill. The problem is that I live in a rural area and currently I'm only able to get internet speed at 1.5 mbs. Right now I have netflix on my old TV and during busy times a movie or show may need to spool for a few minutes. I saw one review from a person who got the TV I was looking at (an LG smart TV 1080p), and she said she lived in a rural area and watched Netflix and it took a long time to spool, so she switched to a 720p TV. I have no idea what her internet speed was and before I buy a new TV, I'm wondering if I will run into this. I can't find any information. Does anyone else have experience with this? Thanks.