Six Nations could go to pay TV
Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has revealed offers from alternative broadcasters will be considered when the existing deal with the BBC expires in 2017.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are among those interested in the rights to the northern hemisphere's most prized rugby tournament and Feehan refused to discount it being televised on pay channels.
"There is interest from every broadcaster in the UK for live rights," Feehan said.
"The incumbent are the BBC and we are very happy with that arrangement, but obviously we have to keep everybody honest.
"If you are going to be fair to any of the other broadcasters you can't just rule them out.
"Whether it is on a pay operator or whether it is free-to-air, there will always be a situation where everyone on free-to-air will get to see it, perhaps on a delayed live basis."