The more I think about it, the more I like what DirecTV decided to do with the ESPN alternates. First off, think of how often the alt feeds get used. During college football, they get used quite a bit. Beyond that, though, I'm not sure if they ever get used (if they do, it's only on occasion). Now think about someone who likes to channel surf (yes, there are still people who do that, including people in my household). If they're switching between the four ESPN channels, and if there were alt feeds interleaved among them, it would add more remote clicks to get where they're going. Finally, remember that there are two alt feed, but the channels they are meant to substitute can vary. I think there have even been times when the same alt feed provided alternate programming for two channels (i.e. those blacked out on ESPN or ESPN2 got the same alternate programming). Also, I want to say there was a time when two markets were blacked out of the same event but got two different alternate feeds, though this would be rare. All in all, trying to have the alt feeds linked up with the channels they are meant to replace can get messy at times. It's simpler for DirecTV to have dedicated slots for the two feeds.