I appreciate the suggestion, however this has not helped me in the past when I attempted. I even factory reset the Shield with no improvement.
I also tested with MPV more, and the issue was the same, it just glitched differently (likely due to how the player interprets whatever condition is happening).
I also see this same issue on my MiBox, so that wouldn't directly compare to it being only on the Shield (it is far worse on my Shield though).
I attempted to hook up the problematic Shield directly to the TV, and then use the Audio Return Channel or even the Optical digital to the receiver for sound to see if it was better. It was no different, same issue.
I've basically given up for now, Emby requires pausing prior to it being glitch free for me while direct streaming. I can't understand how it's only me, but it seems to be, and I've exhausted my troubleshooting ideas.
The only remaining test case is replacing FFMPEG with another version, but I attempted to do just that, and my previous instructions I followed didn't work, or I forgot how I did it exactly previously (docker exec, some command to extract, install, etc...)
I can't recall but (and I know it brings in its own issues) if seeking within a TS is enabled in Exo, does LiveTv with trick play then direct play as opposed to direct stream?
If so, that would likely solve my issue as well.
I just came back in here to say the issues came back last night during the super bowl so its definitely not just you and its pretty aggravating. I ended up using the Samsung app on my TV which is even more aggravating because that starts up within 4 seconds with seeking enabled and never pauses.