RTÉ has confirmed that it is considering selling the rights to show a number of matches at Euro 2016 to another Irish broadcaster.
RTÉ currently holds the rights to broadcast all matches at Euro 2016, but any sale of rights could mean a number of those games being shown on a different Irish channel .
Interested broadcasters have now been asked to submit an expression of interest by January.
The 2016 tournament will be the biggest European Championships ever, with the number of teams expanded from 16 to 24 and another 20 games being played as a result.
Any proposed sub-licence of the Irish TV rights will be subject to the approval of both the EBU and UEFA.
A statement issued by RTÉ stressed that there was no guarantee that any games would be sub-licensed to another broadcaster, saying it was simply seeking expressions of interest and was not obliged to sell.
“RTÉ is exploring all its options in relation to broadcasting the UEFA EURO 2016 finals from France. RTÉ has nothing further to add to what is contained in the invitation to tender notice on RTÉ.ie.”