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It's not supported out-of-the-box (as in: the codecs/licenses aren't present) if you just go out and purchase a copy of windows 8. You can acquire them by for example buying the Media Center feature pack.
However, most OEM devices that have a DVD drive will most likely include the necessary codecs required to play DVD's.
They didn't include it in the basic version of windows because telemetry showed that most people never actually play dvd's on their computers. And including the codecs/licenses makes Windows more expensive. So most people were actually paying for a feature they never used.
Having said that, if you get/have a copy of windows 8 pro, you can acquire the media center expansion pack for free if your register for it before the end of januari 2013.