Yes, true. Indeed with the current model Netfilx/Sky/Amazon/BBC are effectively a cartel - They need to open up the market.Content producers also being the content distributors isn't necessarily the best setup to give the consumer choice and value for money
However, when the content distributors are not the content producers, you get Channel 5... :P
I dread to think how much between us my partner and I spend on entertainment. We have the TV licence, Sky HD Movies, Amazon, Netflix, Xbox Live and Cineworld Unlimited Cards between us, and about the only one that saves us any money while providing the entertainment is the Cineworld card, as it's a fixed fee for as many films as you like over the course of a month, plus a big chunk off the concessions stand prices. (I'm not on commission; I'm just explaining why it works :D )
We looked at a Kodi stick to put in the Xbox, but in all honesty, with the amount of apps on the Xbox and the assortment of computers around the house, there was little reason to get one, whereas a sizeable proportion of my colleagues kept asking me if I knew how to sideload Kodi onto a Firestick, along with the more dubious addons.
When I asked them why, it was generally to watch films or sport without having to pay for it. And yet amusingly, these are the same people who say that it's perfectly fine to pay a sportsman to half a million quid to kick a football around for 90 minutes on a Saturday.
As an aside, I used to get complained at about 15 years ago by a colleague for acquiring MP3s from Kazaa or wherever else I used back then, as I was stealing from the artists - and yet I think I ended up buying more albums after being able to check out more pieces by bands I didn't know. The only other things I acquired were things that could not be got elsewhere, like the TV series Threshold which I don't think has been repeated or released on DVD since it was first shown over here.
It is unfortunate that the only reason people that I know seem to want Kodi is nick stuff - as is said multiple times above, this is not the fault of Kodi. There are other systems out there that are just as open to abuse - it just so happens that people have heard the name Kodi and it's stuck like some other form of genericised trademark like hoover or thermos.