Im looking for some kind of converter that i can plug my DVD player too and send the signal on the network so i can watch on my laptop via a browser or some software player. Im hoping someone out there may know if it exists.
What you seem to be asking for is exactly what the Slingbox does.
I am not aware of anything in the consumer arena that inputs HDMI. The only systems i have seen are Component video. The Slingbox Pro-HD to be exact.
You could always use an HDMI to component video adapter: