Spectacular street art celebrates start of live 4k HDR Premier league on Sky Q

Street artist Jody Thomas poses paint can in hand in front of his football mural

When you’re next on Tottenham High Road, keep an eye open for a spectacular new football mural created by street artist Jody Thomas. Commissioned by Sky, it depicts Jordan Pickford, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling, and celebrates the launch of live football broadcast in 4k Ultra HD with HDR on Sky Q TV boxes.

The three players topped the poll of fans voting for their favourite players based on performances at EURO 2020. Manchester City bound Jack Grealish came in fourth, with England’s midfield duo, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United, also making the top 10.

The Bristolian street artist has used a hyper-real style to illustrate the enhanced visual quality of the Sky Q 4k HDR picture. Positioned near Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the artwork took more than 70 hours to complete and features more than 50 colours and shades.

Artist Jody Thomas paints his football mural
Jody Thomas at work on his landmark footie mural

When it comes to quality on the pitch, more than two thirds (67 per cent) of football fans surveyed by OnePoll say the standard of the game is the best it’s ever been, with nearly half (45 per cent) of UK fans saying they love football so much, they ‘don’t know what they would do’ without it. 

Research also revealed that fans believe former Manchester United winger, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the greatest player to grace the Premier League, with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry in second place and the league’s all-time top scorer Alan Shearer in third, followed by David Beckham in fourth and Eric Cantona, fifth. 

The Bristolian artist has used a hyper-real style to illustrate the enhanced visual quality of the Sky Q HDR picture…

Jody Thomas football mural looms over Tottenham High Street
Jody Thomas’ footie street art looks over Tottenham High Street

What is 4k HDR?

Just as 4k broadcasts offer greater detail with increased definition, HDR (High Dynamic Range) represents a significant upgrade in image depth and dynamics. HDR has been available on Sky Cinema and select Sky TV shows for some time, but its incorporation into live broadcasts is a greater technical challenge. 

To enjoy Sky Q’s HDR broadcasts, you’ll need a 4k TV with support for HDR HLG. These screens can present a wider dynamic range between pitch black and bright white. For sports, it allows broadcasters to cover games with HDR cameras in stadiums which are often half in shadow and half in bright light. When cameras expose for action on the pitch, it prevents crowd scenes from being bleached out.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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