They've announced pricing? Because I've seen nothing yet.
In any case, it's the OEM's driving this, because they'd still end up having to pay licensing fees on devices that ship with DVD playback capabilities. Even for something like a tablet with no internal drive that pretty much nobody was ever going to try and watch a DVD on, which is daft.
Heck, there are ATMs and those pub gaming machines in existence right now that have to have DVD playback licenses because they're built on Windows. If you don't see the absurdity in that, I'm not sure what else could ever persuade you.
I see now that less SKUs isn't automatically better.. These problems could be solved by an OEM only x86 tablet edition of Win 8. I mean they have Windows RT already, RT x86 wouldn't overwhelm anybody. There they could have cut all kinds of stuff useless for tablets, including DVD support.
Instead they went the obvious route to bite the notebook/desktop customer in the a$$.