Tribe, the over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service owned and managed by Malaysian pay-TV provider Astro, has abruptly shut down its operation in the Philippines last November 30.
The service is also in the process of winding down its operations in Indonesia, where they will also cease to operate on January 1, 2019.
Their official statement explained that the decision to shut down was “a difficult decision”, but many factors had lead to the end of service.
“Suffice to say, the business has been challenging to operate”, the streaming service said.
The service also thanked their subscribers for the past two years, and they appreciate the support from their ‘Superfans’.
Tribe was an OTT video streaming service launched in the Philippines on November 2016, which followed its launch in Indonesia seven months earlier.
The OTT service was the first to offer the Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia in the country, together with Korean entertainment channels K-Plus and tvN Asia, and e-Sports channel eGG Network.
The service initially have set of titles available on demand, but eventually added simulcast titles every season in March of the following year.
The streaming service pulled-out the live stream and video on demand services of the anime channel last May, together with its sister channel K-Plus, but offered no specific explanation.
Philippine pay-TV provider SKYcable eventually added the anime channel, together with its direct competitor ANIMAX Asia, on their SKY on Demand OTT service last July.