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RIP Tribe – a red flag for APAC SVoD scene?

A spot of routine housekeeping here at Faultline Online Reporter ended up uncovering that South East Asian SVoD service Tribe, owned by Malaysian pay TV operator Astro, quietly ceased operations late last year. Astro never gave Tribe the honor of a send-off announcement, instead slipping a small eulogy into its latest results report, and given the lack of coverage at the time, we should take a peek into what went wrong. The increasing pull of subscription-based services across Asia Pacific is well documented, yet the closure of Tribe again emphasizes the difficulty in matching up against the might of ad-supported offerings in the region. “A strategic business review conducted towards the end of 2018 highlighted how the appetite to pay…

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