Aspera virtual catcher

Satellite communication systems have long been the only commercially available means of distributing media packages to a large number of recipients located across wide geographic areas. While using a transmitter (“pitcher”) to send media packages to multiple satellite receivers (“catchers”) works well on most occasions, it has significant limitations for today’s Internet video demands where delivery times and package integrity are critical. Additionally, the cost to major broadcasters, networks, telecoms and MSOs to operate or purchase satellite delivery services and systems are significant.Consequently, these organizations have explored and begun investing in more affordable solutions for media transport.

Aspera’s Virtual Catcher was developed to fully leverage low-cost, commodity terrestrial IP networks enabled with Aspera’s industry leading FASP technology and solutions. At the heart of the Aspera Virtual Catcher is a set of purpose-built workflows combined with a processing engine for parsing and executing the workflows, configuration screens to customize it to your needs, monitoring views to show status to ensure pitched packages are completely received. Once validated, files are correctly handed off to the recipient’s content management system (CMS). With Virtual Catcher, many receiver sites can automatically ingest large digital media securely and reliably, with a similar process that automatically ingests ADI compliant packages into their asset management systems or downstream systems.

Virtual Catcher allows recipients such as regional MSO’s and local network affiliates to receive digital packages sent from an Aspera server of a major broadcaster or content aggregator. When installed on the receiver side along with an Aspera transfer client (i.e., Cargo or Point-to-Point Client) or an Aspera transfer server, Virtual Catcher can automatically detect and assemble all the components of each individual package using the manifest data, track and confirm the delivery receipt or failure of each package component, and then move the received package to the designated CMS or downstream storage system.



Distribute VOD packages to many small content providers from a content aggregator.


Deliver content from major broadcasters to many local network affiliates and multiple-system operators.



Saves considerable costs that are incurred by satellite delivery services by using much cheaper terrestrial networks.


Transfers ADI-compliant packages to many receivers at maximum speed by fully using all available bandwidth without saturating the network, operating more reliably and predictably unlike satellite delivery that can be significantly degraded by bad weather. Accesses more bandwidth at target sites using commodity IP networks enabled with FASP, allowing recipients to receive larger and greater numbers of files.


Uses commodity IP networks enabled with Aspera FASP to enable most target sites to benefit from using more bandwidth to receive files, unlike satellite multicast transmissions that limit overall downstream throughput to receivers.


Achieves high-speed, robust and reliable transfers with end-to-end progress reporting and performance monitoring. Sends notifications for package validation, automatic ingest into the CMS and exception conditions and automatically verifies with senders each delivered package upon transfer to CMS.

Significant Cost Savings

  • Enables customers to use their existing low cost network infrastructure
  • Saves considerable costs incurred by using satellite delivery services

More Reliable and Predictable Delivery Versus Satellite

  • Packages are more reliably sent over terrestrial networks that are not affected by factors like bad weather
  • Delayed or interrupted transfers are automatically restarted and resumed from the point of interruption
  • Senders receive full confirmation of each package delivered to each target site with notification of all f iles downloaded by and delivered to each recipient

Faster with greater bandwidth utilization

  • On the sending side, Aspera FASP transfer technology enables a sender to transfer all content packages to its many receivers at maximum speed by fully using all available bandwidth without saturating the network
  • On the receiving side, FASP-enabled networks provide greater performance relative to satellite delivery over low bandwidth connections

Secure file transfers with precise monitoring and control

  • Achieve high-speed, robust and reliable transfers with end-to-end progress reporting and performance monitoring.
  • Precise bandwidth control ensures the entire available bandwidth is utilized to achieve maximum transfer speeds, while being fair to other critical network traffic.
  • Built-in endpoint authentication, encryption, and data integrity verification.


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Configuration overview

This section provides necessary information to run IBM Aspera Virtual Catcher.

Supported Platforms


Operating Systems

  • Linux 64-bit: RHEL 6.0-6.7, 7.0-7.2; CentOS 6.0-6.7,7.0-7 (1511); Aspera Common Components 1.2.19
  • Windows 64 bit: Windows 7, 8, 10; Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2

Web Browsers

  • Firefox 40-50
  • Google Chrome 50-56


Please contact Aspera sales for information about Virtual Catcher licensing and deployment. Virtual Catcher is licensed and sold in one form with no additional levels or tiers.



Aspera faspex is a web application that provides an easy, flexible and secure collaboration platform for exchanging files of any size, over any distance.


Aspera Cargo enables automatic package downloads from one or more faspex™ application instances


Advanced desktop transfer client with support for user accounts, ability to connect to other Point-to-Point clients, and remote control by Aspera Console.


Versatile server application with a variety of client options (desktop, mobile, embedded), and with support for manual or automated transfers of files and directories.



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What's New in Virtual Catcher 3.0

  • Allows asset distribution to multiple CMS stores
    • Users are now able to define multiple CMS locations in the UI
    • Asset Status dashboard updated to display multiple CMS transfers with step-by-step milestones
  • Expands health monitoring to support high-scale environments
    • Virtual Catcher Status reporting can show a summary of daily, hourly, weekly or monthly activity
    • View the status of packages received in the faspex™ inbox
  • Provides additional support for troubleshooting failed transfers
    • Displays additional information about file processing failures
    • Supports manual submission of an asset for reprocessing
  • Supports multiple ingests through the CORBA protocol
  • Enables file transport to the CMS via SFTP
  • Offers ability to process metadata updates (MDUs)