French SVOD BrutX Melding Into Free Ad-Supported Platform

French subscription streaming video platform BrutX, which last year raised $75 million in funding to expand streaming operations in the U.S., India and Africa, is morphing operations into the Brut ad-supported streaming platform.

While reportedly profitable in France, where the Brut brand includes live streaming and e-commerce, SVOD aspirations internationally have face challenges. With SVOD reaching market saturation globally, platforms are increasingly turning to the ad-supported business model to sustain and/or grow operations.

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