Metro Broadcast is upgrading its Web site to include live breaking news and music videos. But the Hutchison-owned radio broadcaster - which operates two FM news and music channels, and one AM news and talk channel - remains hesitant about embracing e-commerce. It has no plans to sell music singles or albums on the Internet, according to chief executive Carl Chang. Metro, which set up its Web site in late 1995, claims to have been the first Net radio broadcaster. But its rivals, Radio Television Hong Kong and Commercial Radio, soon followed. RTHK now broadcasts all four of its channels on the Net. Web visitors will be able to download a mixture of songs encoded in the near-CD-quality MP3 format to play later, or listen to music live via Real.com's streaming multimedia format. It is dedicating two T1 (1.5 Megabits per second) lines for live broadcasts, which will initially serve up to 100 people at a time. It is also reserving 10 Mbps of bandwidth for local users to download MP3 songs. The Internet's ability to target its listeners will also enable Metro to begin broadcasting jazz and classical music channels, formats which are not popular enough to support a regular radio show. 'These wouldn't have enough listeners to support even a two-hour weekly programme,' Mr Chang said. Metro is also competing with music video channels such as MTV and Channel V. Its So Channel will enable users to watch music videos. 'This puts Metro six months ahead of our competitors,' Mr Chang said. Metro's 'live' Internet news service will not be the first in Hong Kong. Radio stations such as Radio Television Hong Kong and newspapers including the South China Morning Post update news stories throughout the day. But Metro claims it will update local and foreign stories more often, at a rate of every 10 minutes.