If $$ was not the issue sky angel could certainly have kept the dbs licenses, continued to broadcast DBS as long as satellite held out(be it months or years) and started IPTV at the same time. In the long run they would have retained more viewers.
Unfortunately money was the issue ... SkyAngel didn't spend the money on their own satellite and their own uplink so they could keep their own DBS licenses. Instead they signed a deal that has now expired.
It would have been nice to have SkyAngel around for those who subscribed ... but they ran out of money. They could not afford to run a satellite service and I don't believe they ever could. They, and their former DBS subscribers, are fortunate to have had them for the years that they were available --- but it seems that from day one they were operating without enough money to run a successful DBS business.
They were running on a borrowed satellite, on borrowed equipment and, unfortunately, on borrowed time.
Hopefully the channels recently added to DISH Network will spawn more religious channel adds in the future and via DISH the stated mission of SkyAngel --- to go into the world with the Gospel --- can continue. (DISH distribution is certainly more "in the world" than "SkyAngel" ever was.)
Best wishes to SkyAngel in their future.