Be m****r**bleep**ing happy that you have even Smart-TV Spotify app in Samsung! BTW I hate Samsung TV's very much!
I purchased Smart-TV from Philips because of Ambilight and better look and feel but guess what there is no even Spotify app. My old Philips LED-TV is now over 5 years old and still working at my parents home!!! All these Samsung **bleep**ty TV's stopped working after guarantee. So nothing from Samsung to my TV stand.
But heck, I can watch Netflix Super HD movies as much as I want 😉 So who need Spotify on Smart-TV.
Its interesting, digging into this a little closer it would appear this is more a samsung issue in my opinion.
On all partner systems, like Sonos and Samsung, Spotify simply provide the libspotify package which contains the APIs needed to access the Spotify service, the actual applications you see on those devices are made by the partner company, in this case Samsung.
The libspotify package does support high quality streaming, since other partner services implement it (such as Sonos) which would point this being more down to Samsung than Spotify for whatever reason.
I'm very disappointed that this problem has been known since December 2012 but still has not been fixed. Because stuff like Sonos costs a fortune I intend to connect my speakers to my Samsung TV and use the Spotify app on that, but it's not cool if I pay € 10 for Premium but don't get the 320 kbps bitrate. In that case I might just as well keep my € 5 Unlimited account, control Spotify via the web application on my laptop and stream to my speakers wirelessly from there. If you want to earn more money from your customers I'd fix this ASAP Spotify!
I don't get the indifference and inaction on the part of Spotify here. Has Spotify not contacted Samsung and chastised them for not enabling the high bitrate? Does Spotify expect us to send complaint e-mails to Samsung or something? This problem seems like it's quite easy to fix, so why does this issue still linger?