November 21st: World Television Day

Sure, we’re obsessed with movies. Who isn’t?! At Distribution Solutions, we put so much more than movies on shelves and into your homes. In honor of World Television Day, we’d like to tell you about our other passion: the complete series release of some of the most treasured television shows of all time!

Did you know Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Distribution Solutions, is the home entertainment industry’s leading independent studio for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital distribution AND also offers the lion’s share of our complete TV series?

“Mill Creek has had a focus on creating collectible products for a very long time – and our philosophy is that nothing is more collectible than people’s favorite TV shows! We work closely with several major studios to maximize the opportunity to get their content in front of consumers in retail stores,” states Jeff Hayne, Senior VP of Acquisitions and Production for Mill Creek Entertainment. “Mill Creek over indexes in the TV category – with a nearly 30% market share as it pertains to TV on DVD and Blu-ray across all studios.”

Mill Creek’s acquisition strategy makes sure that we have a steady pipeline of high-quality television programming available in stores and online, for those customers who want to own a piece of television history to revisit time and again.

When people ask “what’ve you been watching lately?” the answer is usually something totally new and binge-worthy, but at Distribution Solutions, we know that the best of TV reaches far beyond “what’s new” and into the nostalgic fan favorites… and we are here to keep serving up what viewers want!

Check out this selection of best-selling complete TV series we have available at retail stores and online for our fellow fans of television!

That 70’s Show (Blu-ray)

King Of Queens

Miami Vice (Blu-ray)

Community (Blu-ray)

Ultraman (Blu-ray)

3rd Rock from the Sun

Quantum Leap (Blu-ray)

Good Times

About Mill Creek Entertainment

Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment, is the home entertainment industry’s leading independent studio for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital distribution. With direct sales pipelines to all primary retail and online partners, Mill Creek Entertainment licenses, produces, markets, and distributes a dynamic array of film and television content to over 30,000 retail stores and thousands of websites reaching millions of customers across North America. Mill Creek Entertainment’s expansive library includes Oscar®-winning theatrical feature films, Emmy®-winning classic and current TV series, original documentary productions and pop-culture favorites that enlighten, educate, and entertain. Mill Creek Entertainment is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mill Creek Entertainment is distributed by Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. For more information, please visit

About Distribution Solutions

Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, is the largest aggregator and downstream distributor of independent film labels in North America. We are a premier partner for home entertainment sales and distribution, with capabilities including Physical Distribution, Digital Sales/Delivery, and SVOD/Linear Licensing for over 60 content providers, including Mill Creek Entertainment, RLJ Entertainment, and Cinedigm.
Distribution Solutions offers comprehensive in-house Post-Production Services, Consumer Marketing, Design Services, and Turnkey Operations Management—everything it takes to set our partners up for success.

Easy as S-B-T

Not so long ago, retailers across our delightful nation started to discuss new trading terms for their home entertainment departments.

Quickly the “talk” turned to adoption across the marketplace. While whispers of “Scan Based Trading” were just beginning to buzz in the corridors and conference rooms of other distributors and studios, our team was already leading the charge to transition our labels into this new world as seamlessly as possible.

But let’s back up. Not everyone even knows what we’re talking about. To appreciate this pivot fully, here’s the backstory: the home entertainment industry existed for decades under a model where the process was pretty much as follows:

  • (1) distributors pitched retail buyers,
  • (2) orders were placed by retailers for all those awesome DVD titles,
  • (3) goods were shipped to retail stores and warehouses by distributors, who then
  • (4) collected monies after an agreed-upon interval of time.

Most of these DVD/Blu-ray goods were expected/projected to go home with happy customers, with a certain unfortunate percentage destined to return to distribution warehouses eventually. In this model, a retailer’s resources were tied up in inventory, awaiting a sale.

The Scan Based Trading model represents a different approach entirely. With SBT, suppliers maintain the ownership of the inventory within the retailers’ stores or warehouses until the item is scanned at the point of sale. This reduces financial risk on behalf of the retailer, while literally, nothing looks different to the consumer in the store.

But what’s the impact on the supplier? We asked Pat McDonough, our SVP of Sales and here are his thoughts on the topic:

“The benefit of the SBT model is that it gives Distribution Solutions control of the space, which guarantees product placement for our label partners. It also allows us to make sure that the right product is in the right stores for the best sell-through.”

Pat McDonough, SVP Sales

As far as scope, Distribution Solutions currently trades on SBT terms with Target, Best Buy, FYE, Fred Meyer, and Bi-Mart. But that’s not all…

Distribution Solutions also manages SBT inventory within Dollar General (with permanent racks in 4,700 of their 17k stores!) and Menards (a value bin AND a dedicated 4’x6′ fixture).

Our team’s dedicated floor space and fixtures represent valuable opportunities for our team to curate re-sets that support the lifecycle planning of our partners’ content. Our relationships also allow us to think outside the box (and in-line sections) and place trays and other specialty POS displays to support key releases across these accounts.

To learn more about Scan Based Trading and Distribution Solutions, drop us a note at